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Prince George’s County settles lawsuit with Black, Hispanic officers (access required)

Prince George’s County will pay $8 million and its police department will change its methods for promoting officers to prevent the possibility of discrimination against Blacks and Hispanics who apply for promotion, under a settlement the department has reached with ...

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Frosh seeks dismissal of challenge to state’s puppy mill ban on dog sales (access required)

Maryland’s ban on retail pet stores selling dogs while allowing nonprofit canine rescues and shelters to continue with sales beginning July 1 does not violate the constitutional guarantee of equal treatment under the law, the state’s attorney general has told ...

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4th Circuit weighs constitutionality of Ocean City’s topless ban (access required)

A seemingly divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday considered whether Ocean City’s prohibition on women going topless violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment under the law because men are permitted to go bare-chested in the Eastern ...

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PG police must change biased promotion system, U.S. judge says (access required)

A federal judge Wednesday ordered the Prince George’s County Police Department to change its method for promoting officers, saying the PGCPD likely discriminated intentionally against Black and Hispanic officers who applied for promotion. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang based ...

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Md. women’s group calls men-only registration unconstitutional (access required)

A Maryland women’s rights group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down as unconstitutional a federal requirement that only men register for the military draft. The Women’s Law Center of Maryland Inc. has joined a high court brief ...

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Richard Rombro, former Baltimore judge, dies at 91 (access required)

Retired Baltimore City Circuit Judge Richard T. Rombro, whose landmark 1998 ruling that Maryland’s anti-sodomy law could not be applied to consensual acts presaged the U.S. Supreme Court’s validation 17 years later of same-sex marriage as constitutionally protected,  died Tuesday ...

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Md. high court upholds Baltimore’s food truck restriction (access required)

Maryland’s top court Monday upheld the constitutionality of a Baltimore ordinance that bans food truck vendors from operating within 300 feet of restaurants selling similar edibles. The Court of Appeals said the “300-foot rule” is “rationally related” to the city’s ...

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Ocean City defends topless ban in 4th Circuit filing (access required)

Ocean City’s prohibition on women going topless “protects and advances the prevailing sensibilities” of its residents and visitors, the Eastern Shore beach town told a U.S. appeals court Thursday as it considers whether the ban violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment under the law because men are permitted to go-bare chested.

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Transgender man sues UMMS, alleges constitutional violations (access required)

The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center canceled a transgender man’s prescribed hysterectomy because the surgery would have violated the hospital’s religious prohibition on direct sterilizations of patients, according to a lawsuit the man filed Thursday alleging the facility violated ...

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