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A new balance: Social media and public forums

As social media becomes the preferred setting for political discourse, elected officials must be aware of the developing body of law around First Amendment rights in public forums, say attorneys who focus on social media and the law. Social media, ...

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Journalists, advocates sue judiciary members over broadcast ban

A group of journalists and nonprofits is asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional Maryland’s law against broadcasting lawfully obtained recordings of criminal proceedings. The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims the law “impedes the public’s ...

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‘American Taliban’ slated for prison release this week

Welcome to Monday, the 41st anniversary of Affirmed’s victory in the Preakness Stakes. Here are some news items to get your week started: — The “American Taliban” is scheduled to be released from prison this week. — A California man ...

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Justices weigh constitutionality of Maryland district

WASHINGTON – Based on questions and comments from justices Tuesday, Maryland’s currently configured westernmost congressional district appears to stand no chance of survival if the Supreme Court holds unconstitutional the intentional redrawing of a district to favor one political party, ...

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Frosh files final bid to save district as high court date nears

A panel of federal judges failed to draw a “limited and precise” line between permissible and unconstitutionally excessive partisan gerrymandering before striking down the state’s westernmost congressional district as too friendly to Democrats, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh stated ...

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Hogan, Schwarzenegger submit brief urging redrawn Md. district

Gov. Larry Hogan has joined fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to erase and order the redrawing of Maryland’s westernmost congressional district, saying it was invalidly created by Maryland’s Democratic leadership to freeze out GOP voters ...

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ACLU of Maryland calls congressional district unconstitutionally drawn

The ACLU of Maryland pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to strike down the state’s westernmost congressional district as unconstitutionally drawn by Maryland’s Democratic leadership to freeze out Republican voters and ensure the election of a Democrat as U.S. ...

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As high court date nears, Md. GOP voters make last gerrymander challenge

In their final attack on partisan gerrymandering before the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case, Maryland Republicans told the justices Monday that the state’s Democratic leadership violated their constitutional right to political association by redrawing the state’s western-most congressional district ...

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