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Md. high court will consider validity of searches based on marijuana smell

Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers who smell marijuana emanating from a car have probable cause to search the vehicle without a warrant even though possession of less than 10 grams of the drug has been merely a civil offense – not a crime – for the past two years.

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Top Md. court: A sniff inside a car constitutes a ‘search’

Motorists pulled over during routine traffic stops have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the interior of their cars such that police officers must have probable cause, reasonable suspicion or reasonably fear for the public’s immediate safety before they stick their noses in the car and smell evidence of drug use, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled.

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4th Circuit: No warrant needed for cellphone-tower records

Police do not need a search warrant to get the cellphone-tower records of suspected criminals in an effort to track down their whereabouts when the crime was committed, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in upholding the convictions of two Baltimore bank robbers.

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Judge has questions for Nero prosecutors during closing arguments

Closing arguments in the case against one of the officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray took on an appellate feel Thursday morning as attorneys debated legal theories not just with each other but with the judge. ...

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In Nero trial, anticipated testimony yields unclear results

Following months of legal posturing and a precedent-setting decision by Maryland’s top court, one of the Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray took the witness stand with limited immunity against a co-defendant. But Officer ...

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Nero trial opens with dueling theories on Freddie Gray’s arrest

Prosecutors and lawyers for Officer Edward Nero were brief in their opening statements Thursday as they debated the reasonableness of Nero’s actions in the arrest of Freddie Gray and provided a clearer picture of their diverging theories of the case. ...

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Experts: Nero’s choice of bench trial a smart decision

Officer Edward Nero’s decision to proceed before a judge on his misdemeanor charges stemming from his actions during the detention and arrest of Freddie Gray did not surprise legal experts, who say the nuanced issues posed by his case are ...

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In officer’s trial, Freddie Gray arrest details to play key role

The arrest of Freddie Gray will be front and center this week as one of the arresting officers is scheduled to be tried on misdemeanor charges stemming from his actions at the scene. Officer Edward Nero is charged with second-degree ...

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