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Md. top court weighs constitutionality of trunk search

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS – Attorneys for Maryland and a driver accused of illegal drug possession battled at the state’s top court Friday over whether Montgomery County police were constitutionally justified in searching a car’s trunk after finding illegal drugs in the passenger’s ...

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Md. high court upholds search of man who ran from police

The Courts of Appeals building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

In a decision addressing when police can constitutionally give chase, Maryland’s top court held Tuesday that officers were justified in seizing a person who ran from them while they were investigating who among a group drinking alcohol had thrown a ...

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Supreme Court rejects Maryland’s appeal of marijuana-frisk decision

Smoking joint while driving

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined Maryland’s request that the justices review a the state high court’s decision that the pungent smell of raw, unsmoked marijuana emanating from car during a traffic stop does not in itself enable police ...

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Inventorying does not constitute search, says Md. court

The Courts of Appeals building in Annapolis. (The Daily Record File)

Urging judges to give police the benefit of the doubt, Maryland’s second-highest court has overturned a trial judge’s conclusion that a routine inventory of an impounded car’s contents violated the vehicle owner’s constitutional right against unreasonable searches. In its reported ...

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Ethnic profiling suit against Baltimore County can proceed, judge says

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An El Salvadoran living in Maryland can proceed with her civil rights lawsuit alleging a Baltimore County traffic officer pulled her over because she looked to be Latina and subsequently detained her when a federal database erroneously listed her as ...

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Marijuana laws eased but threat to police remains, Frosh tells justices

Smoking joint while driving

A strong smell of raw, unsmoked marijuana emanating from a car still justifies police frisking the vehicle’s passengers for weapons despite the increasing societal and legal acceptance of marijuana possession, Maryland’s attorney general stated in papers filed recently with the ...

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Md. high court will consider standard for judging drug-sniffing dogs

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ANNAPOLIS – In a case addressing if canines need resumes, Maryland’s top court will consider the extent to which appellate courts can review a trial judge’s determination that a drug-sniffing dog was qualified to alert traffic police to an illegal ...

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Md. high court opens term with Fourth Amendment, due-process cases on docket

10.15.13 BALTIMORE, MD- Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals.  (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland’s top court on Wednesday opens the public sessions of its 2017-2018 term in which it will consider among its approximately 150 appeals the constitutional rights of individuals who flee from the police and of convicted criminals at sentencing. On ...

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