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Frosh seeks justices’ help in placing offender on sex registry

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said the Maryland Court of Appeals’ erroneous ruling struck down a state agency’s valid determination that a convicted human trafficker must register because his victim was a child. (File photo)

Maryland’s attorney general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn the state high court’s decision that being placed on the sex offender registry is “punishment” that a judge must order and not a mere listing of offenders ...

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Frosh announces indictments in human trafficking investigation

“We must curtail the growing militarization of police,” says Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, in urging several changes to police oversight. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is indicting two individuals charged with human trafficking. Valdez Lawrence, of Baltimore, and Mary Carr, of Dundalk, allegedly forced women to engage in sexual acts for money in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties ...

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Md. bill passes allowing prosecutors to vacate ‘unjust’ convictions

“It’s really an extremely modest investment for all of the actual dollars that will be saved, let alone the health outcomes and the indirect cost savings that come from that,” says Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince George's. (File Photo)

Though some “second chance” legislation failed to pass the General Assembly in 2019 despite years of pushes from advocates, a bill to provide a tool to prosecutors to vacate past unjust convictions gained bipartisan support and passed both chambers by the ...

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Human trafficking survivors, advocates seek expansion of vacatur law

Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery and sponsor of the measure, says the prohibition on prosecuting a person for sexual crimes committed against a spouse stems from a time when spouses were believed to be the equivalent of property. (File photo)

Human trafficking survivors and advocates say the law allowing survivors to have their prostitution convictions vacated must be expanded to include other crimes to close a gap in the justice system. Senate Bill 691 would add misdemeanors such as drug ...

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Human trafficking claim against Bethesda couple proceeds toward trial

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An impoverished Indian woman brought to the United States to be a Bethesda couple’s housekeeper and nanny can proceed toward trial on her claim that her seeming benefactors essentially kept her enslaved for the next 15 years, a federal judge ruled Monday.

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