Citing slayings and harassment of abortion providers in other states, an attorney for Maryland defended before the state’s top court Monday a government agency’s refusal to disclose publicly the names of individuals seeking licenses to open surgical facilities that perform abortions.Read More »
Baltimore City police officers soon will be wearing body cameras, and stationary video cameras already record a substantial amount of activity on Baltimore’s streets. The Commission Regarding the Implementation & Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers, established by ...Read More »
The lone recommendation in the final report of a state commission on best practices for the use of police body cameras has led to concerns about access to public records. The 19-page report, posted on the commission’s website, contains 16 ...Read More »
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled records describing large oil shipments by rail subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act.Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill’s ruling was made late last week, and advocates for disclosure praised the ruling Monday.Rail ...Read More »
Documents pertaining to an internal police investigation of an officer are “personnel records” and therefore need not be disclosed under the Maryland Public Information Act, even when the complaint against the officer is sustained, the state’s top court ruled Thursday.
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A Maryland appeals court has revived the American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit claiming that then-Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold compiled a political enemies list in violation of the state’s Public Information Act.Read More »
Details about shipments of crude oil are trade secrets protected from disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act, two national railroad companies have argued in an attempt to prevent a state agency from releasing the information. Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. each filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of the Environment last summer as the department was preparing to disclose the information at the request of McClatchy Newspapers and the Associated Press. Under the Public Information Act, state agencies have 30 days to respond to requests.Read More »