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Judge orders Snow Hill detainees’ release amid COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image)

A federal judge Thursday ordered the release of two Worcester County Detention Center detainees after discovering a third detainee had exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 virus, information the jurist said was known but not disclosed to the court by either jail ...

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Hogan issues order on ‘meaningful opportunity’ for juvenile lifers’ release

Gov. Larry Hogan (file photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Friday stating he will give juvenile offenders serving life sentences a “meaningful opportunity for release” based on their demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation while in prison – standards set by the ...

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Md. high court weighs constitutionality of juvenile life sentences

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Court of Appeals should set parole-reviewing standards to ensure that people sentenced as juveniles to life in prison have a “meaningful opportunity” for release based on their maturity and rehabilitation behind bars as required by the ...

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Md. high court will hear state’s juvenile-sentencing appeal

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland’s top court will consider whether a man sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the brutal slayings of three people and the attempted murder of two others while a juvenile was improperly granted a motion ...

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Constitutionality of juvenile life sentences reaches Md. high court

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s top court will consider whether people sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles have a “meaningful opportunity” for clemency or parole by the state based on their maturity and rehabilitation behind bars, as required ...

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Md. high court weighs constitutionality of victim-impact video

Maryland Court of Appeals. (file)

A defense attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday that a videotaped, set-to-music victim-impact statement designed to stir a sentencing judge’s emotions violated a convicted double-murderer’s federal constitutional rights to due process and be free from arbitrary and capricious ...

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Md. appellate court upholds 70-year sentence for fee-waiver fraud

Court of Appeals

The Court of Special Appeals has upheld a 70-year sentence for a man convicted of theft scheme and perjury for repeatedly making false statements about his finances to obtain waivers of civil filing fees in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The ...

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Challengers to Md. sentencing of young offenders welcome 4th Ciruit’s decision

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A court decision striking down the life-without-parole sentence of a juvenile offender in Virginia has provided ammunition for Maryland civil-rights attorneys who claim 200 convicts are being held unconstitutionally under de facto life sentences without parole in Maryland.

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