Jul 31, 2014

Federal judge goes to the videotape, dismisses lawsuit

Sounding like an NFL referee, a judge dismissed a woman’s claim that a bus driver’s negligence caused her to trip and fall after viewing a video showing she fell on her own.

Sep 23, 2012

Driver acquitted of Route 100 homicide

An Anne Arundel County jury has acquitted a Pasadena man of vehicular homicide in the death of another driver last November on Route 100 in Glen Burnie.

Aug 16, 2012

Progressive insurance on defense after court case

McLEAN, Va. — The Progressive Corp. insurance group is defending itself against an onslaught of negative publicity after it tried to avoid paying $75,000 to the family of a client killed in a car crash and tried to blame the wreck on her. The criticism began Monday with a blog post from 33-year-old Matt Fisher […]

May 25, 2012

N.J. judge: Texter not liable for driver’s car crash

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A woman who texted her boyfriend while he was driving cannot be held liable for a car crash he caused while responding, seriously injuring a motorcycling couple, a judge ruled Friday in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the country. A lawyer for the injured couple […]

Feb 28, 2012

Driving away with Baltimore’s budget

The Board of Estimates, Baltimore’s spending panel, will hear Wednesday a protest from resident and community activist Kim Trueheart on an agenda item she called “foul” and “awful.” Trueheart, who said she has been coming to the Board of Estimates’ weekly meetings since August, filed a protest to the $20,800 request by the Department of […]

Jan 24, 2012

4th Circuit hears NASCAR driver’s appeal

RICHMOND, Va.— Attorneys for former racecar driver Jeremy Mayfield are asking a federal appeals panel to reinstate his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test at Richmond International Raceway in 2009. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments on Tuesday over whether […]

Jan 4, 2012

Copping an attitude

It was 1:30 p.m. on a Tuesday when the judge took the bench for the incarcerable traffic docket. The doors had opened a half-hour earlier to allow the witnesses to check in. These cases are officer-driven; generally, the officer makes a traffic stop for a traffic infraction which leads to the discovery of more serious […]

May 31, 2011

Thank you, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Thank you, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And, you’re welcome. Sunday, a state trooper stopped me for a chat along Interstate 81. Mr. Trooper congratulated me on sparing the driver just ahead of me from getting a ticket. After checking my license and registration in his car, he returned to say that apparently I am a good […]

May 18, 2011

Paraplegic Md. driver ordered back to jail

HAGERSTOWN — An Ellicott City man has been ordered back to prison for violating his probation in a double manslaughter case. Thirty-one-year-old Matthew Meyer was sentenced Wednesday in Hagerstown to 3 ½ years with another 3 ½ suspended. The sentence begins June 17. The sentence stems from a 2002 car crash in Washington County that […]

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