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Tag Archives: Search and seizure

Baltimore police chief apologizes, city settles Harlem Park lockdown lawsuit (access required)

Baltimore’s police commissioner has apologized for the department’s six-day lockdown of the city’s Harlem Park section following a detective’s 2017 shooting death, saying the controversial law enforcement action was grossly improper and damaged the public’s trust, according to attorneys for ...

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Crime victims allege Baltimore police violate 4th Amendment (access required)

The Baltimore Police Department routinely violates the constitutional rights of violent crime victims by searching, seizing and retaining their personal property without a warrant or consent, a civil rights group has alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in federal ...

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Rulings on science, fiduciary duty, marijuana top Md. high court’s term (access required)

Maryland’s top court ended its 2019-2020 session last week having issued landmark rulings permitting the admission of evidence based on emerging sciences, creating a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty and ruling that police may not arrest and ...

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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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Md. high court upholds search of man who ran from police (access required)

In a decision addressing when police can constitutionally give chase, Maryland’s top court held Tuesday that officers were justified in seizing a person who ran from them while they were investigating who among a group drinking alcohol had thrown a ...

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Bill seeks to close search ‘loopholes’ for police (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Prosecutors heavily criticized Thursday a bill they said would “attempt to change hundreds of years of Supreme Court case law” but advocates said ensures police would not be rewarded for conducting searches without probable cause. Del. Curt Anderson, ...

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JAMONTE FLETCHER v. STATE OF MARYLAND (access required)

Appellant argues that a reasonable person would not feel free to leave when the officers approached him and activated their emergency lights on their patrol cars. The officer’s show of authority did not ripen into a seizure because the officers had not restrained appellant physically nor had appellant submitted to the officers’ show of authority.

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