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In this image from House Television on Dec. 17, 2020, David Sackler, a member of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, testifies via video to a House Oversight Committee hearing. (House Television via AP, File)
Aug 17, 2021

Sacklers won’t agree to opioid settlement unless freed from other suits

Members of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma won’t contribute billions to a legal settlement unless they get off the hook for lawsuits.

Jun 29, 2021

Former Baltimore Safe Streets worker pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

A former employee of Baltimore’s Safe Streets program has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge.

Jun 14, 2021

Supreme Court rules against low-level crack cocaine offenders

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that low-level crack cocaine offenders convicted more than a decade ago can't take advantage of a 2018 federal law to seek reduced prison time.

Jun 24, 2019

Simon stands: Justices decline review of K-9 sniff case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not review whether drug-sniffing dog Simon’s failure to give a definitive alert to Ocean City police nevertheless gave the officers probable cause to search a car for illegal contraband. The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court decisions that Simon’s jittery behavior – though short of the certain […]

Oct 1, 2018

Justices decline to review drug-sniffing dog case from Md.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined without comment to review a Maryland high-court decision that appellate courts must defer to trial judges’ determinations – unless clearly wrong – that a drug-sniffing dog was reliable.

Sep 5, 2018

Judicial wordplay: N.C. drug case turns on meanings of ‘keep’

In relationships, exactly what constitutes “a keeper” is different for everyone. Even within a single North Carolina statute, there are two distinct meanings.

Aug 31, 2018

DeWolfe appeals drug-sniffing dog case to Supreme Court

Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe  has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn the state high court’s decision requiring appellate courts to defer to trial judges’ determinations – unless clearly wrong —  that a drug-sniffing dog was reliable, saying the reliability issue is too constitutionally significant to leave unreviewed. In papers filed […]

Aug 28, 2018

Lawyer tries Trump argument that flippers should be outlawed

A New York defense lawyer wasted no time in trying to use President Donald Trump's argument that cooperators, or flippers, in criminal cases "almost ought to be illegal."

Jun 6, 2018

Trump commutes term of Kardashian-championed drug offender

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence Wednesday of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House.

May 30, 2018

Trump signs bill for terminal patients to try unproven drugs

President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday aimed at helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments, calling it a "fundamental freedom" that will offer hope and save lives.

May 25, 2018

Md. restricts inmates’ access to books to curb drug smuggling

Maryland prison officials are limiting access to books for thousands of inmates in state-run facilities in the latest effort to reduce drug smuggling.

Apr 24, 2018

Md. high court: Drug dog reliability decisions get deference

Appellate courts must defer to a trial judge’s determination that a drug-sniffing dog was reliable unless that finding was clearly wrong, Maryland’s top court has ruled in setting the review standard for the often-decisive factor in whether police had probable cause to search a vehicle.

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