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Supreme Court declines ex-Md. officer’s First Amendment appeal

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a former Maryland Natural Resources Police officer’s claims he was fired in retaliation for exercising his constitutional right to speak in criticizing an MNRP captain’s behavior and was denied his statutory right ...

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Full 4th Circuit will hear challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance program

A screen shot of how the surveillance technology tracks an individual's movement via aerial cameras. (Submitted Photo)

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city violated  Baltimoreans’ constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and their right to peacefully associate. The full ...

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Frosh urges justices to decline ex-Md. officer’s First Amendment appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Maryland’s attorney general Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a former state Natural Resources Police officer’s claims he was fired in retaliation for exercising his constitutional right to speak in criticizing an MNRP captain’s behavior and denied ...

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U.S. judge dismisses challenge to Hogan’s COVID-19 orders

The Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse in Baltimore. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a constitutional challenge to Gov. Larry Hogan’s safer at home orders, calling the governor’s directives a valid effort to achieve Maryland’s significant goal of protecting the public from the deadly COVID-19 virus. With her ...

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Md. high court hears free-speech challenge to Baltimore’s billboard tax

Clear Channel Outdoor says Baltimore’s new billboard fee is unconstitutional. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post, an attorney for the city’s leading billboard owner told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday. Billboards are “a venerable ...

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4th Circuit upholds Baltimore’s aerial surveillance program

A screen shot of how the surveillance technology tracks an individual's movement via aerial cameras. (Submitted Photo)

A divided federal appeals court Thursday gave the Baltimore Police Department an all-clear regarding its use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city, rejecting arguments that the overflights violate Baltimoreans’ constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and their right ...

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Justices show interest in ex-Md. officer’s First Amendment appeal

If he wins a second term, President Donald Trump could become the first president to appoint more than two justices since Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The U.S. Supreme Court has shown interest in hearing a former Maryland Natural Resources Police officer’s claims he was fired in retaliation for exercising his constitutional right to speak in criticizing an MNRP captain’s behavior and denied his statutory right ...

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Judge orders Baltimore to pay $44K in nondisparagement case

01.29.10 BALTIMORE, MD.  Newly sworn-in Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, right, listens as former Chief Judge Benson Everett Legg, left, gives opening remarks during the Chief Judge Transition Ceremony Friday January 29, 2010. Chief Judge Chasanow is the first woman to hold the position. (The Daily Record/Rich Dennison)

A federal judge Monday ordered Baltimore to pay a woman more than $44,000 for having withheld half the money she was owed in settlement of her police brutality claim because she had publicly criticized officers in violation of the agreement’s ...

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Md. high court opens term: Billboards, rap lyrics, CSI effect on docket

The term will mark Mary Ellen Barbera’s eighth and final full session as Court of Appeals chief judge. Barbera, the first woman to serve as Maryland’s top jurist, will reach the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 next September.

Maryland’s top court Thursday opens the public sessions of its 2020-2021 term, during which it will consider the constitutionality of Baltimore’s tax on billboard operators, whether a judge properly admitted into evidence the violent rap lyrics of an accused killer ...

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4th Circuit denies expedited review of Baltimore surveillance ruling

A screen shot of how the surveillance technology tracks an individual's movement via aerial cameras. (Submitted Photo)

A federal appeals court has rejected a request from civil rights groups that it expedite its consideration of their constitutional challenge to the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city. Without comment, the 4th ...

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