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Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Supreme Court of Maryland
Dec 14, 2022

Maryland’s top court becomes ‘Supreme’ as name change takes effect

The names of Maryland’s two appellate courts and the titles of the state’s top judges changed Wednesday with a gubernatorial proclamation.

Nov 9, 2022

Voters approve new names for Court of Appeals, Special Appeals

Maryland voters approved a constitutional amendment to change the name of the state’s top judicial tribunal.

Nov 3, 2022

Law Digest — Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — Nov. 3, 2022

Maryland Court of Appeals Criminal; ineffective assistance of counsel: Although the court held in 2010 and 2011 that a question about the “CSI-effect” during voir dire constituted reversible error, the defendant’s attorney did not provide ineffective assistance of counsel when he failed to object to this question during the defendant’s 2007 murder trial. While the […]

Oct 7, 2022

AG joins victim’s family in asking to put Adnan Syed case on hold

The Maryland Attorney General's Office is asking to pause court proceedings related to Adnan Syed.

Sep 7, 2022

Law Digest — Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — Sept. 8, 2022

Maryland Court of Appeals Negligence; educational malpractice doctrine: Where parents sued school officials for not protecting their minor daughter from injuries from other students, the educational malpractice doctrine did not bar the claims. The court has not applied the educational malpractice doctrine to claims that were not based upon educational placement or pedagogical decisions and [&helli[...]

Sep 1, 2022

Appeals court: EMT not an ‘agent of the state’ when questioning suspect

Maryland's Court of Special Appeals ruled that a suspect's incriminating statement to an emergency medical technician was admissible in court even though the man did not receive a Miranda warning.

Aug 16, 2022

Md. appeals court hands victory to Clipper Mill residents who opposed development

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals has ruled that a proposed development at Clipper Mill must undergo a review to ensure the preservation of the historic Tractor Building — a decision that likely means the change will have to go before Baltimore City Council, a lawyer for Clipper Mill residents said. A unanimous three-judge panel found […]

Aug 10, 2022

Law Digest — US 4th Circuit, Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Constitutional; privileges and immunities clause: Where a Prince George’s county statute barred nonresidents who are not employed by the county from purchasing tax-delinquent properties at the county’s limited auction, and the restriction was not closely related to the advancement of a substantial county interest, it violated the […]

Aug 9, 2022

‘Good cause’ provision of Md. expungement law has limits, appeals court rules

Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals vacated a woman’s expungement in a decade-old identity fraud case, ruling that a “good cause” provision in the state law designed to shield old criminal convictions does not give judges the authority to grant expungement for more serious offenses. The appeals court reversed a Baltimore County circuit judge who found […]

Jul 28, 2022

Order barring attorney-client talk doesn’t violate 6th Amendment, Md. appeals court rules

Defendants' right to counsel is not violated by a judge’s order that they not speak to their attorney during overnight trial recess, a sharply divided Maryland appeals court ruled.

Jul 13, 2022

Law Digest — 4th Circuit, Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — July 14, 2022

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit  Contract; damages: Where a tenant argued the landlord received an improper windfall because it was awarded both late fees and interest for a breach, that argument was rejected. The parties’ lease allowed the landlord to recover both late fees and interest in the event of a breach. […]

Jul 11, 2022

Maryland appeals court decision shows impact of Supreme Court’s gun ruling

A Maryland appeals court has shot down one portion of the state's wear and carry law following a Supreme Court ruling on a New York case last month.

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