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New chair is mum, but lawmakers expect Md. Senate judicial panel will tilt left

“The fundamental question about this bill is do you believe in the redemptive quality of the human condition,”  Sen. William "Will" Smith, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said during floor debate on the measure. (The Daily Record/File photo)

Sen. William C. “Will” Smith says he plans to take a go-slow approach in what will be his first General Assembly session as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I’ll be limiting the bills that I sponsor,” said Smith, ...

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House Republicans promise tough questions at Mueller hearing

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are pledging tough questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies before Congress this week as Democrats plan to air evidence of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump in a potentially last-ditch bid to impeach him. ...

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Pelosi promises methodical action on ‘constitutional crisis’

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who is expected to lead the 116th Congress as speaker of the House, is seated on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a “constitutional crisis” over President Donald Trump’s resistance to congressional investigation and promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to pursue oversight of the White House. Pelosi made no promise ...

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Bill to provide tool to vacate GTTF-related convictions passes House

Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince George’s, plans to propose legislation to address what he called Maryland’s ‘self-inflicted’ problem of not having enough psychiatric beds for inmates, which began decades ago when states closed public psychiatric hospitals with plans to shift resources and patients to private facilities. (File photo)

Legislation that would allow prosecutors to seek to vacate convictions they no longer have faith in passed the House of Delegates Thursday after being amended in committee to limit its scope. House Bill 874 was designed in part to address ...

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Delegates debate mandating judge names in Case Search

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A bill to mandate the inclusion of judges’ names in Maryland Judiciary Case Search faced pushback Wednesday as skeptics questioned whether the measure would endanger judges or lead to public pressure affecting their decisions. Del. Robin L. Grammer Jr., R-Baltimore ...

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Partial expungement proposal provokes concerns, opposition

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ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Judiciary continues to oppose legislation that would allow for partial expungement of criminal records until courts can be sure their technology and staff will be up to the task. House Bill 13, introduced by Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince ...

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New House Judiciary chair declares no-passing zone

Del. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore city and chair of the House panel, asked whether spousal privilege would nevertheless still apply -- and protect newlywed criminal defendants -- if the crime committed before marriage was part of a continuing course of illegal conduct that continued after the wedding. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee’s first new chair in a quarter century told the panel’s members Thursday that they shalt not “pass” when it is their turn to vote on legislation and that witnesses testifying on legislation must sign ...

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Advocates ask for more input, deliberation on emancipation legislation

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Advocacy groups expressed support Thursday for the concept of a bill providing a path to emancipation for 16- and 17-year-olds but called for a more in-depth discussion before moving forward. Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard, introduced House Bill 1304 to assuage ...

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