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Md. cyberbullying bill draws mother’s praise, ACLU’s scorn

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 – Legislation to expand Maryland’s law against cyberbullying of youngsters drew praise Tuesday from the mother of a child driven to suicide but scorn from a First Amendment advocate who said the statutory expansion would violate free speech. Appearing ...

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4th Circuit: Baltimore’s pregnancy center sign ordinance violates free speech

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)

A Baltimore city ordinance requiring pro-life “pregnancy centers” to post a sign in their waiting rooms stating they do not provide abortion- or birth-control-related services violates the centers’ First Amendment rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In its 3-0 ...

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Judge upholds confidentiality clause in Baltimore police brutality cases

The three named plaintiffs each claim Baltimore police officers took his or her belongings after being shot by unknown assailants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Baltimore’s practice of barring alleged victims in police brutality cases from disparaging officers as a condition of settlement agreements does not violate the accusers’ constitutional free-speech rights so long as they knowingly and voluntarily signed the accords, a federal judge ...

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Attorney questions confidentiality clauses in Baltimore police brutality cases

The three named plaintiffs each claim Baltimore police officers took his or her belongings after being shot by unknown assailants. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Baltimore’s practice of barring alleged victims in police brutality cases from disparaging officers as a condition of settlement agreements violates the accusers’ free-speech rights and the freedom-of-the-press rights of news organizations trying to report on police activities, a civil rights ...

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Frosh supports same-sex couple in Supreme Court case

Releasing the names of people applying for licenses to open abortion clinics would force ‘those providers, their families, their patients and their communities to live in a climate of fear,’ Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh wrote in court papers asking the Court of Appeals to uphold lower-court rulings permitting the redaction of the names under the ‘substantial injury’ exception of the state’s Public Information Act.
(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Business owners must put aside their religious objections to same-sex marriage and comply with state laws prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in providing goods and services, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said this week in joining a U.S. Supreme ...

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