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Sponsor says amendment guts dog-bite bill

Legislation to overturn a Maryland high court ruling holding pit bull owners strictly liable for injuries their dogs cause hit a snag last week when a Senate committee approved an amendment that a sponsoring delegate said guts the bill and violates an agreement he had with the panel’s chairman.

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Senate panel takes up MLSC funding bills

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Judiciary and agencies that provide free legal services for low-income residents urged legislators Tuesday to extend the extra surcharge on filings fees in civil cases, saying the $6 million in annual revenue it generates is necessary ...

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Miller: O’Malley ‘in the ballpark’ of votes needed for death penalty repeal

While acknowledging that Gov. Martin O'Malley would likely find the votes he needs to pass a repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George's, said the governor was having some trouble rounding up support in the Senate.

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Big guns join the fight over fault

A case pending before Maryland’s top court has attracted national attention as groups representing U.S. businesses, doctors and insurers are pressing the Court of Appeals to preserve a 165-year-old ruling that defendants cannot be held liable for damages if the plaintiffs’ own negligence contributed at all to their injuries.

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Death penalty opponents argue for repeal

ANNAPOLIS — The recent life sentences for three “death eligible” defendants convicted of gruesome murders indicate that Marylanders no longer desire to keep the death penalty, veteran Public Defender Katy C. O’Donnell said Wednesday in support of legislation to repeal ...

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