Senate passes bill easing ban on felons’ jury service
The Maryland Senate passed legislation that would permit convicted felons to sit on juries after serving their sentences unless their conviction was for witness or jury intimidation.
Marylander mounts Supreme Court challenge to state’s gun-possession ban
A Maryland man has mounted a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the state’s prohibition on convicted felons possessing firearms, saying individuals must be allowed to have a judge decide on a case-by-case basis whether the ban violates that person’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms. In his bid for Supreme Court review, James Hamilton […]
Gun-carrying Virginia ex-con loses 4th Circuit appeal for Maryland permit
Maryland did not violate the Constitution by denying a gun permit to a Virginia ex-convict whose gun rights had been restored in that state, 4th Circuit says.
Hogan chastised for using social media to gin up angry voters
Legislators receive angry, invective-laden calls and emails after Hogan urges action following governor's call to action on Facebook.
Zucker veto override vote raises questions
A potentially unique situation in which a legislator votes to override a veto by Gov. Larry Hogan in both the House and Senate may be legal under the Maryland Constitution. Then again, it might not be.
Zucker gets second vote on same veto override
The newly sworn-in senator will play a unique role in a veto override vote on just his second day.
Editorial Advisory Board: Instead of veto override, work for meaningful redemption reform
We believe the Maryland General Assembly should abandon the override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of Senate Bill 340 expanding voting rights to felons who have not completely served their sentences. Despite what override advocates suggest, the bill does little to expand voting rights for convicted felons and creates confusion for voters and elections boards. […]
Activists, former felons seek to override Hogan’s veto on voting rights bill
Harry Cokely had been out of prison for two days. In addition to finding a job and staying out of trouble, his first priority after ending his 13-year prison sentence was to lobby the Maryland General Assembly.