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High court upholds Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension

Maryland’s then top judge acted within her constitutional authority in suspending the deadline for filing civil claims as she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the state’s high court unanimously ruled Wednesday. In its ...

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Md. high court weighs if judges must list maturity factors in sentencing juveniles

Judges sentencing juveniles convicted of first-degree felony murder must state on the record that they considered the convicts’ youth, lack of maturity, impulsiveness and susceptibility to peer pressure before handing down the punishment, a defense attorney argued to Maryland’s top ...

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Md. high court weighs juvenile lifers’ right to counsel at parole hearing

Convicts sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles have a constitutional right to counsel at parole hearings to ensure they have a “meaningful opportunity” to make their case for early release, a public defender argued to Maryland’s ...

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Challenge to statute-of-limitations suspension appears doomed at Md. high court

Maryland’s top court appears poised to uphold the constitutionality of its then-chief judge’s order suspending the deadline for filing civil claims when she closed the clerks’ offices last year to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Several Court of ...

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Maryland high court weighs constitutionality of student school board members

Attorneys for public school parents and the Howard County Board of Education battled before Maryland’s top court Tuesday over the constitutionality of having high school students serve as voting members of school boards and having nonvoting-age pupils elect those members. ...

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Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension was unconstitutional, attorney says

Maryland’s then top judge violated the state Constitution by suspending the deadline for filing civil claims when she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a civil-defense attorney told Maryland’s top court Monday. In papers ...

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Md. high court opens term, will hear sniper, student school board member cases

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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Defendants have greater right under Md.’s Constitution than U.S., high court says

The Maryland Constitution gives criminal defendants a greater right to confront prosecution witnesses than guaranteed under the federal Constitution, Maryland’s top court said Thursday in holding that the accused have a state constitutional right to cross-examine the authors of damning ...

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