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Md. lawyers recall Justice Stevens as forceful, thoughtful, bright

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to testify in 2014 on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. (AP Photo, File)

Thirty years ago, the attorney for a missing Baltimore baby argued for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would force the mother to reveal the youngster’s whereabouts despite her asserted constitutional right against self-incrimination. Mitchell Y. Mirviss said Thursday that ...

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Justices decline challenge to Md. county’s development-impact fees

The issue before the high court confronts the justices with a question they have yet to answer directly: Whether partisan gerrymandering can violate the First Amendment rights of minority voters in a congressional district. (File Photo)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an Anne Arundel County property owner’s argument the county’s statutory assessment of development-impact fees on people who build homes on their land is a taking of property for which the Constitution requires they be justly compensated.

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Owner challenging Anne Arundel Co. fee makes final plea to Supreme Court

In this Oct. 10, 2017 photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset.  The Supreme Court is being asked to take a case about whether eye drops are too big. Don’t roll your eyes. Major players in American’s medicine cabinets are now asking the high court to take the case. On the other side are patients using the companies’ drops to treat glaucoma and other conditions. They say wasted medication affects their wallets. They argue they should be able to sue. Drug companies, however, say the patients’ argument is based on speculation and a bottle that doesn’t exist.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In a final plea that the U.S. Supreme Court hear his appeal, an Anne Arundel County property owner argued the county’s statutory assessment of development-impact fees on people who build homes on their land is a taking of property for which the Constitution requires they be justly compensated.

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Md. Court overturns conviction on Fifth Amendment grounds

A prosecutor’s opening statement to the jury that the defendant “will tell you” about his setting fires doomed the state’s case from the start, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled in overturning a man’s conviction for trying to set his ex-girlfriend’s family car ablaze. The statement likely fueled the Prince George’s County jurors’ expectation that William Simpson would testify in his own defense – thus making him appear guilty when he exercised his federal and state constitutional privilege not to testify, the Court of Appeals said.

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Supreme Court’s ‘Miranda’ ruling leaves lawyers guessing

The U.S. Supreme Court’s splintered ruling allowing a witness’ pre-arrest silence to be introduced at trial — its latest decision carving out more of the contours of defendants’ well-known right to remain silent — seemed at first blush to be a devastating blow to defense attorneys and their clients.

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