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Impact of Supreme Court opinion on asset forfeiture unclear in Maryland

The U. S. Supreme Court building stands quietly before dawn in Washington. The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. The Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case Thursday, Dec. 6, and the outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Last week’s unanimous Supreme Court decision that the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause applies to the states is garnering praise, but it is unclear how much the decision’s impact will be felt in Maryland, where legislators have been chipping away at ...

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Increasing prison sentences – by any name or number – won’t stem violence

Inmates in a pretrial holding block last year during a tour of the Baltimore City Detention Center prior to its closing. Some people arrested in the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray were held for two days without an initial appearance; others received bail amounts they could not afford. (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

In response to various legislative proposals from Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland is on a fast track to pass a poorly conceived law that, if enacted, will grow Maryland’s prison population with little impact on our safety. The full Senate on ...

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Hogan renews push for legislative redistricting reform

Jennifer Bevan-Dangle, executive director of Maryland Common Cause, speaks Friday on behalf of redistricting reform urged by Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

ANNAPOLIS — Seeking to rally support for the creation of an independent, non-partisan committee to handle redistricting, Gov. Larry Hogan Friday called the state’s current partisan redistricting process “disgraceful” and lambasted the legislature for not acting to implement reforms. Hogan has made passage ...

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