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Judge orders Baltimore to pay $44K in nondisparagement case

01.29.10 BALTIMORE, MD.  Newly sworn-in Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow, right, listens as former Chief Judge Benson Everett Legg, left, gives opening remarks during the Chief Judge Transition Ceremony Friday January 29, 2010. Chief Judge Chasanow is the first woman to hold the position. (The Daily Record/Rich Dennison)

A federal judge Monday ordered Baltimore to pay a woman more than $44,000 for having withheld half the money she was owed in settlement of her police brutality claim because she had publicly criticized officers in violation of the agreement’s ...

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Md. high court opens term: Billboards, rap lyrics, CSI effect on docket

The term will mark Mary Ellen Barbera’s eighth and final full session as Court of Appeals chief judge. Barbera, the first woman to serve as Maryland’s top jurist, will reach the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 next September.

Maryland’s top court Thursday opens the public sessions of its 2020-2021 term, during which it will consider the constitutionality of Baltimore’s tax on billboard operators, whether a judge properly admitted into evidence the violent rap lyrics of an accused killer ...

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Md. reaches 5,000-signature accord with political parties

A line of full ballot boxes at a polling place in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore city. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

The Green and Libertarian parties will each need to garner 5,000 signatures – half of the required 10,000 — by Aug. 3 to have their candidate’s names on November’s general election ballot. The revised requirement is part of a settlement ...

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Federal judge rejects challenge to Hogan’s stay-at-home orders

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

A federal judge Wednesday rejected a constitutional challenge to Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home orders, saying the governor’s directives are narrowly tailored to achieve Maryland’s compelling interest of protecting the public from the deadly COVID-19 virus. “The world is now in ...

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Hogan defends stay-at-home order in response to lawsuit

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at a press conference in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Gov. Larry Hogan defended his stay-at-home order for Marylanders against a legal attack from business owners, clergy and three fellow Republicans, calling the executive order “narrowly tailored” to achieve the state’s “compelling interest” of protecting the public from the deadly ...

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How much free speech do panhandlers have?

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Welcome to Monday, the 160th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln gaining the Republican nomination for president. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Does Miami Beach’s COVID-19 panhandling restriction violate free speech? — William & Mary names ...

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Md. high court will consider billboard tax’s constitutionality

Clear Channel Outdoor says Baltimore’s new billboard fee is unconstitutional. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Maryland’s top court will consider whether Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post. The Court of Appeals this month agreed to hear Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s ...

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City opposes paying full settlement to woman who sued over ‘gag orders’

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Despite public assurances that the city will no longer impose or enforce clauses restricting speech in police misconduct settlement agreements, Baltimore is arguing that it should not have to pay the woman whose federal lawsuit prompted the policy change. Ashley ...

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Ruling on Md. school’s Islam lesson appealed to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide as early as next month if it will consider whether La Plata High School violated a Christian student’s constitutional First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech by providing lessons in Islam as ...

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Free-speech challenge to abuse-reporting law reaches justices

The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A 32-year-old Maryland law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement violates the free-speech rights of Marylanders, a defense attorney has argued in appealing a first-degree murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed ...

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