Tag Archives: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

New chair is mum, but lawmakers expect Md. Senate judicial panel will tilt left

“The fundamental question about this bill is do you believe in the redemptive quality of the human condition,”  Sen. William "Will" Smith, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, said during floor debate on the measure. (The Daily Record/File photo)

Sen. William C. “Will” Smith says he plans to take a go-slow approach in what will be his first General Assembly session as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I’ll be limiting the bills that I sponsor,” said Smith, ...

Read More »

Md. prosecutors, police oppose ban on sharing in federal asset seizures

Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly in his Bel Air, Md. office (File)

ANNAPOLIS — Police agencies that partner with federal law enforcement told a Senate committee Tuesday that being able to receive a portion of the assets seized in the investigation is vital to their ability to break up vast criminal organizations and drug trafficking ...

Read More »

Innocence Project clients, lawyers ask for transparency on jailhouse witnesses

Clarence Shipley, left, meets fellow exoneree James Owens, as  Michele Nethercott of the University of Baltimore School of Law Innocence Project. looks on. (Heather Cobun)

ANNAPOLIS — Recent exonerees and Innocence Project attorneys told a Senate committee Wednesday that more transparency and scrutiny of so-called jailhouse witnesses is needed to prevent wrongful convictions. Senate Bill 769, as amended, would require a central list of in-custody ...

Read More »

New House Judiciary chair declares no-passing zone

Del. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore city and chair of the House panel, asked whether spousal privilege would nevertheless still apply -- and protect newlywed criminal defendants -- if the crime committed before marriage was part of a continuing course of illegal conduct that continued after the wedding. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee’s first new chair in a quarter century told the panel’s members Thursday that they shalt not “pass” when it is their turn to vote on legislation and that witnesses testifying on legislation must sign ...

Read More »

Zirkin: Norman’s death was ‘devastating’


Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr.’s death midway through the recently completed General Assembly session profoundly affected the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on which he sat and on the issues it addressed, said its chairman, Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore ...

Read More »

Influential Md. Senate panel will have new look in 2019

Sen. Robert A. 'Bobby' Zirkin, D-Baltimore County

Perhaps the only prediction that will come true regarding the 2019 General Assembly session will be the influential Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will have a starkly different look than it had this year. The 11-member panel, from which this year’s ...

Read More »

Sen. Norman tests the waters, applies for Harford County bench


If a commission and governor come through for him, Sen. H. Wayne Norman will be leaving the Maryland Senate to become a Harford County Circuit Court judge. Norman, R-Harford and Cecil, has applied for the seat left vacant by the ...

Read More »

Md. Senate panel hears debate over changing negligent hiring liability

ANNAPOLIS – Members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and plaintiffs’ attorneys expressed skepticism Tuesday at a hearing on a bill that would limit employer liability in specified industries to encourage hiring individuals with criminal records. Senate Bill 55 would ...

Read More »