Md. high court explains unanimous rejection of Cox’s challenge to early vote counting
The Maryland Supreme Court’s rejection of failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cox’s challenge to the pre-Election Day counting of mail-in ballots was unanimous.
Md. high court finds no private cause of action in county ethics case
Separation of powers generally bars court challenges to a commission decision allegedly reached by the vote of a member with a personal stake, the Maryland Supreme Court ruled.
Skeptical Md. high court reviews Calvert County zoning ethics case
Local residents may challenge a commission’s zoning decision they allege was unlawfully reached based on the vote of a commissioner with a personal stake in the outcome, their attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court.
High court upholds Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension
Maryland’s then top judge acted within her constitutional authority in suspending the deadline for filing civil claims as she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the state’s high court unanimously ruled Wednesday. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that former Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera […]
Md. high court will review Calvert County ethics case
Maryland’s top court will consider whether local residents can challenge in court a county commission’s zoning decision that they allege was unlawfully reached based on the vote of a commissioner who had a personal stake in the outcome. The Court of Appeals on Friday agreed to review lower court decisions that the Calvert County residents’ […]
Human Rights Campaign faces racial bias allegation
Welcome to Monday, the 118th anniversary of the Great Baltimore Fire. Here are some more news items. — Fired Human Rights Campaign president sues the group for alleged racial bias. — Tunisia’s president takes aim at nation’s judiciary. — Bill Cosby invokes the Fifth Amendment again. — Was Sarah Palin harmed by a New York […]
Judges call Hogan’s judicial transparency proposal unconstitutional
Judges oppose Gov. Larry Hogan’s call for a bill requiring that a commission compile the sentences each circuit court judge renders against violent criminals.
Challenge to statute-of-limitations suspension appears doomed at Md. high court
Maryland’s top court appears poised to uphold the constitutionality of its then-chief judge’s order suspending the deadline for filing civil claims when she closed the clerks’ offices last year to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Several Court of Appeals judges on Friday pointedly questioned an attorney who argued that the constitutional authority to […]
Barbera’s statute-of-limitations suspension was unconstitutional, attorney says
Maryland’s then top judge violated the state Constitution by suspending the deadline for filing civil claims when she closed the clerks’ offices to stanch the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a civil-defense attorney told Maryland’s top court Monday. In papers filed with the Court of Appeals, Joseph L. Katz said the constitutional authority to alter […]
Baltimore judge assails constitutionality of Hogan’s judicial scorecard
ANNAPOLIS – A Baltimore judge Tuesday assailed as constitutionally suspect Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative proposal to require a state commission to compile the violent crime sentences handed down by each Maryland circuit court judge, saying the bill could spur harsher sentences from jurists fearful of being criticized by the governor as too lenient. Hogan’s proposed […]
Steven K. Fedder: On this Law Day, thoughts on gerrymandering
In high school, we were taught there were three separate but equal branches of government. But in practice, separation of powers, this year’s theme for the American Bar Association’s Law Day (celebrated each year May 1), has been more of an ephemeral goal than reality.