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Crime victims allege Baltimore police violate 4th Amendment

The three named plaintiffs each claim Baltimore police officers took his or her belongings after being shot by unknown assailants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The Baltimore Police Department routinely violates the constitutional rights of violent crime victims by searching, seizing and retaining their personal property without a warrant or consent, a civil rights group has alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in federal ...

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Challenge to Baltimore’s aerial surveillance survives grounding, ACLU says

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

A constitutional challenge to the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime last year did not end when the pilot program was grounded in October, despite what the BPD says, the American Civil Liberties Union told a ...

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Davis, ex-judge, will defend Baltimore’s aerial surveillance

“The fact you’re a former judge gets you nothing special in the 4th Circuit,” says Andre Davis, shown in a 2020 photo. “If anything I think they are harder on the former judge” so as not to show favoritism, he added.
 (The Daily Record / Jason Whong)

The full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals might hear a familiar voice as it considers whether the Baltimore Police Department’s use of aerial surveillance to fight crime in the city last year violated Baltimoreans’ constitutional protection against unreasonable searches ...

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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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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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Md. high court weighs whether MTA violated Fourth Amendment

The Court of Appeals held that the checking of passengers who reasonably believe they cannot leave the train before showing proof of payment raises deep concern that the police activity violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures. But the court left open the possibility that the MTA officers' sweeps could be found constitutional if their primary purpose is a public good – perhaps deterring fare evasion – and not to detect criminal wrongdoing, such as an outstanding warrant. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

An assistant Maryland attorney general and a defense lawyer battled before the state’s top court Tuesday over whether transit officers violated the constitutional right of light-rail passengers to be free of unreasonable seizures when the agents conducted sweeps of the ...

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Rulings on science, fiduciary duty, marijuana top Md. high court’s term

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Maryland’s top court ended its 2019-2020 session last week having issued landmark rulings permitting the admission of evidence based on emerging sciences, creating a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty and ruling that police may not arrest and ...

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Odor-based pot arrests are unconstitutional: Md. high court

“(P)olice officers must have probable cause to believe a person possesses a criminal amount of marijuana in order to arrest that person and conduct a search incident thereto,” Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera wrote for the high court. (iStock photo)

Police officers lack probable cause to arrest and search someone for marijuana possession simply for smelling of the drug, because possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a crime in Maryland, the state’s top court unanimously ruled ...

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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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