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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

The high court’s decision was a defeat for Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s constitutional challenge to the billboard tax.
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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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Md. school’s Islam lesson was constitutional, 4th Circuit says

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

La Plata High School did not violate a Christian student’s constitutional First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech by providing lessons in Islam as part of a required world history class, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. In ...

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ACLU of Md. asks state to end new prison book policy

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Maryland prison officials violate the First Amendment rights of prisoners by severely limiting their access to books, including literary classics that explore the human condition and would assist in the convicts’ rehabilitation, the ACLU of Maryland stated in a letter Thursday urging the state’s head of corrections to end the restrictions.

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Lawyers’ Mall solicitation ban’s fate could depend on ‘forum’ ruling

Protesters gathered on Lawyers’ Mall in January of 2018 during the opening of the General Assembly session.(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A free-speech challenge to a Maryland state agency’s ban on financial solicitations on Lawyers’ Mall could come down to whether the site – at the foot of the State House and the feet of Thurgood Marshall’s statue – is an ...

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Zirkin says he will revive expanded cyberbullying bill

While sitting in a Senate Judical Proceedings committee meeting in Annapolis, Christine McComas, held a picture of her daughter Grace, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied online. An anti bullying law was passed about 7 years ago called Grace's Law and a new measure seeks to expand its reach. (Bryan Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – A bill to expand Maryland’s law against cyberbullying of youngsters died amid constitutional concerns in the House Judiciary Committee this General Assembly session but will be resurrected next year, the measure’s chief sponsor said Tuesday. “We are going ...

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