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Jun 20, 2013

Choice for Chief Judge Bell’s seat now in governor’s hands

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday sent Gov. Martin O’Malley the names of all five candidates who have applied for the seat on Maryland’s highest court that Chief Judge Robert M. Bell will leave vacant when he hits the mandatory retirement age of 70 on July 6.

Jun 17, 2013

Law blog roundup

A Tennessee judge is reminding female lawyers of appropriate courtroom attire.

Jun 13, 2013

D.C. circuit reviewing judge’s alleged misconduct

WASHINGTON — A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who is alleged to have made racially discriminatory comments. Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allegedly said at speech in February that certain “racial groups like African-Americans and Hispanics […]

Jun 6, 2013

Judge tosses lawsuit by Pa. governor against NCAA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge on Thursday threw out the governor’s lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument “a Hail Mary pass” that easily warranted dismissal. U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane’s decision put an early end to the antitrust lawsuit Gov. Tom Corbett filed […]

May 6, 2013

Judge says Md. owner must certify W.Va. slurry dam

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The operator of a West Virginia coal slurry dam that hasn’t been certified by a professional engineer in more than two years has until June 3 to get the job done and to pay federal regulators more than $13,500 in fines, a federal judge says. For months, Energy Marketing Co. Inc. of […]

May 3, 2013

U.S. judge allows spy to stay in Cuba

MIAMI — A federal judge has agreed to allow a convicted Cuban spy to remain in Cuba permanently in exchange for renouncing his U.S. citizenship. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard means that the first of the so-called Cuban Five spy ring will be returning to his homeland for good. Four others […]

Apr 15, 2013

Older cases await ruling by Court of Appeals

The double-murder conviction overturned by the Court of Appeals this month, five and a half years after the court heard arguments in the case, was not the oldest case on its docket.

Mar 28, 2013

C. Fraser Smith: Judge Bothe one of a kind

Two hundred-plus friends, relatives, lawyers, judges, former law clerks and political officials crowded into Westminster Hall on Saturday afternoon to remember Judge Elsbeth Bothe, an eccentric, demanding sister of the city with as much Baltimore in her blood as the late Mayor William Donald Schaefer or John Waters, the maker of “Mondo Trasho” and other movies.

Mar 27, 2013

Judge approves American-US Airways merger

NEW YORK — American Airlines won bankruptcy court approval Wednesday to combine with US Airways and form the world’s biggest airline. “The merger is an excellent result. I don’t think anybody disputes that,” Judge Sean H. Lane said before issuing his decision. But the judge declined to sign off on a proposed $20 million severance […]

Mar 24, 2013

Lead-paint plaintiff can prove source of exposure by circumstantial evidence

The source of lead paint exposure can be established through circumstantial evidence, without expert testimony, the Court of Appeals held Friday.

Feb 4, 2013

Judge orders mental exam for Cole bombing suspect

FORT MEADE — A military judge at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba is ordering a mental health examination for a prisoner accused of orchestrating the attack on the USS Cole. Army Col. James Pohl issued the order Monday for an exam to determine whether Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is mentally competent to participate in […]

Feb 3, 2013

When the judge has questions, what’s a lawyer to do?

Within reason, questioning of witnesses — as Baltimore City Circuit Judge Alfred Nance is doing in the ongoing murder trial of Michael Maurice Johnson — is a judge’s prerogative under the Maryland rules of procedure.

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