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Maryland’s retiring top judge recalls ‘sleepless nights’ as she prepares to pass ‘the baton’ (access required)

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera didn't expect to spend her last 18 months trying to keep courts open in an effort to stanch a pandemic.

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Md. high court opens term, will hear sniper, student school board member cases (access required)

Maryland’s top court opened its 2021-2022 session Wednesday, a term in which it will take up the appeal of a Beltway sniper in considering whether the state constitution permits violent juvenile offenders ever to be sentenced to life without parole. ...

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Barbera’s final term included First Amendment, lost pet, gangland slaying cases (access required)

Maryland’s top court ended its 2020-2021 session Tuesday having issued rulings upholding Baltimore’s billboard tax against a free-speech challenge, limiting the compensation available for a negligently killed pet over a heartfelt dissent for beloved dogs and rejecting the duress defense ...

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Frosh, Barbera, Shah urge lawyers to do more pro bono work due to pandemic (access required)

Maryland’s top attorney and judge Thursday urged the state’s 40,000 lawyers to represent at least one low-income litigant for free or to volunteer hours of legal services during the next year to help the growing number of people facing bankruptcy, ...

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Retiring Chief Judge Barbera thanks bench and bar for ‘wonderful ride’ (access required)

Maryland’s retiring top jurist Wednesday ended her last public appearance on the bench by thanking the state’s judiciary and more than 40,000 attorneys for “keeping the rule of law strong.” “I am gratified beyond words to do the work of ...

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Barbera’s legacy includes landmark cases, pandemic management, court reform (access required)

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera began her tenure as the state’s top jurist and the Judiciary’s lead administrator in July 2013 by pledging to strive for the “equal, fair and timely administration of justice.”

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Bredar eases mask mandate for vaccinated U.S. court participants

Fully vaccinated participants in U.S. District Court proceedings in Maryland will be allowed to remove their masks at the presiding judge’s discretion beginning Tuesday, the federal court’s chief judge said, citing sharp reductions in the number of COVID-19 cases and ...

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