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Tag Archives: probable cause

Md. lawyers recall Ginsburg as sharp, intellectual, respectful (access required)

Douglas F. Gansler on Monday recalled as bittersweet Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s interjection while he was arguing before the Supreme Court that the prohibition on police officers questioning suspects who have invoked their right to counsel expires after a period ...

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Odor-based pot arrests are unconstitutional: Md. high court (access required)

Police officers lack probable cause to arrest and search someone for marijuana possession simply for smelling of the drug, because possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana is not a crime in Maryland, the state’s top court unanimously ruled ...

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Law enforcement seeks to differentiate legal cannabis from contraband (access required)

Rapidly changing law on marijuana use and possession in Maryland, from the decriminalization of small amounts to the legalization of medical use, has left some law enforcement officers wondering what the presence or odor of marijuana means for them when ...

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Md. high court: Burnt-marijuana smell does not justify arrest, search (access required)

The smell of burnt marijuana emanating from a car may give police probable cause to search the vehicle but not to arrest and search the occupant unless the officers had probable cause to suspect he or she possessed at least ...

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DeWolfe appeals drug-sniffing dog case to Supreme Court (access required)

Maryland Public Defender Paul B. DeWolfe  has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn the state high court’s decision requiring appellate courts to defer to trial judges’ determinations – unless clearly wrong —  that a drug-sniffing dog was ...

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