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Inventorying does not constitute search, says Md. court

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

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

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

Court of Appeals

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

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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Divided Md. high court upholds cell tower simulator search

Court of Appeals

Baltimore detectives did not violate a suspected killer’s constitutional rights by essentially erecting a cellphone tower to find him, a sharply divided Maryland high court ruled Friday. The detectives relied in “good faith” on what they believed was a valid ...

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Mosby outlines case for immunity to 4th Circuit

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is asking a federal appellate court to recognize one or several kinds of immunity afforded to her as a prosecutor, which would prevent five of the six officers charged in connection with the death ...

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