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Md. jury trial suspension elicits lawyers’ frustration, understanding, concerns

Prosecutors, defense counsel and civil litigators have greeted with frustration but understanding the decision by Maryland’s top jurist to suspend jury trials again, just six weeks after they resumed, due to resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We were running smoothly,” ...

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AG: Marijuana prosecutions likely need special testing after hemp legalization (access required)

A change in the law that exempts hemp from the legal definition of marijuana means prosecutors should use more sophisticated lab tests to determine if suspected marijuana has the requisite concentration of THC to qualify as contraband, the Maryland Office of the ...

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Md. bill passes allowing prosecutors to vacate ‘unjust’ convictions (access required)

Though some “second chance” legislation failed to pass the General Assembly in 2019 despite years of pushes from advocates, a bill to provide a tool to prosecutors to vacate past unjust convictions gained bipartisan support and passed both chambers by the ...

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Use of restitution programs in Md. declining because of technology more than criticism (access required)

Partnerships between prosecutors and debt collectors who operate bad check restitution programs on their behalf persist in Maryland despite criticism from consumer advocates and a sharp decline in the number of cases as check use becomes increasingly rare. The partnerships ...

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4th Circuit affirms Mosby’s right to fire prosecutor who backed opponent (access required)

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby was within her rights to fire a prosecutor who had campaigned for her opponent in the 2014 election, a federal appellate panel held Tuesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed ...

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