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

The large amount of police body camera footage is 'remarkable,' Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger says, and it has multiplied as more officers receive cameras so there is more footage for each arrest.

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

On top of his job and his pro bono work, Erek L. Barron filed to run for the House of Delegates in October. ‘I got up really early and went to bed really late,’ Barron says. He won the election as well as the death row appeal.

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

“It’s really an extremely modest investment for all of the actual dollars that will be saved, let alone the health outcomes and the indirect cost savings that come from that,” says Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince George's. (File Photo)

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

A sample of one of the letters sent in Baltimore County by Victim Services Inc.  (Photo illustration by Nathan Woodside)

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

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. (File photo)

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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4th Circuit to hear fired Baltimore prosecutor’s appeal

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

A former prosecutor who was fired by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby after backing Mosby’s election opponent will have her case heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. A federal judge dismissed Keri L. Borzilleri’s lawsuit last year, ...

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Volume of body camera footage can mean overlooked evidence

11-21-14 BALTIMORE, MD- Officer Alfie G. Acol, with the Laurel Police Department, seen here with the AXON Flex, head mounted-point of view video recording system, which he has been using for 6 months, at the Laurel Police Station. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

The apparent failure of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office to flag a body camera video that allegedly showed an officer manipulating the footage highlights the downside to having hours of recordings of arrests as the cameras become more prevalent: ...

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