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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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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Furloughs could become law firm layoffs, report says

Welcome to Monday, the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Arizona Governing Committee v. Norris decision that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits states from discriminating on the basis of sex in providing retirement benefits. Here ...

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ACLU seeks expedited review of Baltimore aerial surveillance ruling

Saying time is of the essence when the Constitution is at stake, civil rights groups are urging a federal appeals court to expedite consideration of whether the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city ...

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Hogan calls orders’ challenge moot, negated by high court

A constitutional challenge to Gov. Larry Hogan’s safer-at-home orders has been rendered moot by a relaxation in his pandemic-compelled directives and negated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding restrictions on attendance at houses of worship amid the COVID-19 virus, ...

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