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Frosh panel seeks right to counsel in evictions, end to body attachments

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A task force created by Maryland’s attorney general urged the General Assembly Monday to provide a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction proceedings and outlaw the courts’ statutory authority to order the arrest and possible jailing of people ...

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Lawmakers will consider tenants’ right to counsel, juvenile justice reform

Maryland lawmakers will consider legislation that gives tenants a statutory right to counsel at eviction hearings. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A pandemic-fueled economic freefall and nationwide protests calling for criminal justice reform have spurred Maryland legislators to examine ways to enhance legal representation for low-income residents facing eviction and to protect the rights of imprisoned or criminally charged youngsters this ...

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General Assembly will consider right to counsel for tenants, lawmakers say

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)

The Maryland General Assembly will consider legislation this coming session that would give financially strapped tenants facing potential eviction a right to counsel at their court hearings, leaders of the legislature’s two judiciary committees said Tuesday. Funding for the legal ...

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Jury awards $150K to Elkridge tenant displaced over mold dispute

At Donta Newton’s trial, his lawyer believed permitting an alternate juror to attend the deliberations would help ensure against a mistrial, despite rule that requires a judge to excuse alternates when deliberations begin. But Newton was found guilty of attempted murder and given a life sentence; now, the Court of Appeals is considering whether his lawyer was ineffective. (Deposit stock image)

A Howard County jury awarded $150,000 — including $37,000 in punitive damages — to a tenant whose landlord repeatedly failed to address mold contamination for nearly a year. The jury found Port Capital Village Limited Partnership liable for breach of ...

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City seeks dismissal of suit over eviction notice provisions in code

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Baltimore city moved to dismiss a lawsuit over a city code section that allows an eviction to proceed with no notice, arguing the plaintiffs’ claims “have no legal merit.” Marshall Todman and Tiffany Gattis filed suit in U.S. District Court ...

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Dismissal of class lawsuit over time-barred back rent collection is appealed

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A rare class action against a group of defendants for alleged illegal debt collection practices was dismissed last month, but the plaintiffs will ask the Court of Special Appeals to revive it. The lawsuit, filed earlier this year in Baltimore City Circuit Court, alleged ...

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Baltimore property manager to pay $500k to settle illegal rent fee claims

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A Baltimore property management group will establish a $524,000 fund to repay tenants for overcharged legal fees associated with failure to pay rent cases as part of a class settlement reached last month. The settlement against Virginia-based Harbor Group Management ...

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