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The U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. (Capital News Service photo)
Jun 18, 2020

Judge: Gay couple’s child was US citizen at birth in Canada

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the State Department must recognize that the daughter of a gay couple in Maryland has been a U.S. citizen since her birth in Canada via a surrogate last year.

Sep 12, 2019

Gay married couple sues after daughter denied US citizenship

A gay married couple in Maryland sued Thursday to challenge the State Department's refusal to recognize the U.S. citizenship of their infant daughter, who was born in Canada via a surrogate this year.

Jun 13, 2019

Md. immigration attorneys discuss proposed ‘public charge’ rules

OCEAN CITY — Immigration attorneys took part Thursday in a session at the MSBA’s Legal Summit and Annual Meeting about how new and contemplated changes to U.S. Department of State rules on visa applications are affecting their clients. Visa denials have “skyrocketed,” according to Washington immigration attorney Danielle Beach-Oswald. From 2017 to 2018, denials increased [&[...]

Sep 24, 2018

EEOC claims federal contractor retaliated against employee with disability

A Prince George's County contractor that provides personnel to the State Department has been accused of retaliating against an employee who was pursuing a complaint against the department and required accommodations for a disability.

Jul 5, 2016

No charges for Clinton, FBI says – despite biting criticism

WASHINGTON — The FBI lifted a major legal threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday, recommending no criminal charges for her handling of highly classified material in a private email account. But Director James Comey’s scathing criticism of her “extremely careless” behavior revitalized Republican attacks and guaranteed the issue will continue to dog her. [...]

Apr 9, 2014

Judge slaps State Department over delays in Blackwater prosecutions

A federal judge is calling for an investigation of the State Department over years of delays in prosecuting Blackwater security guards in the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in 2007.

Aug 1, 2013

State Dept. was ‘horrified’ by WikiLeaks releases

FORT MEADE — State Department workers were horrified by WikiLeaks’ publication of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, an agency official testified Thursday. Elizabeth Dibble didn’t give any evidence in open court of how the unprecedented leak of classified information damaged U.S. foreign relations, but she did testify in […]

Jul 23, 2013

State legal group advocates nationally

Maryland Legal Aid is spearheading an effort advocating for migrant workers' access to legal services and community service and healthcare providers.

Jul 10, 2013

Soldier’s defense team rests in WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE — Pfc. Bradley Manning’s defense rested its case Wednesday after presenting evidence from 10 witnesses, hoping to prove the loads of material the soldier gave to WikiLeaks did not threaten national security or U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prosecutors argued the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst let military secrets fall into the […]

Jun 27, 2013

Defense wins round on WikiLeaks helicopter video

FORT MEADE — Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning can offer evidence contradicting the government’s assertion that he revealed classified information in a leaked battlefield video from Iraq, a military judge said Thursday. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, took judicial notice of the document during Manning’s court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland. Judicial notice […]

Mar 19, 2013

D.C. Circuit revisits ‘Jerusalem’ passport dispute

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court had some tough questions Tuesday about the politically sensitive issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem can list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports. A 2002 law says yes, but the State Department says no. That led to a lawsuit by parents of an American boy named […]

Oct 3, 2012

Obama administration urges Cuba to allow Md. man to see U.S. doctor

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants an American imprisoned in Cuba to see his personal physician amid concerns he may have a cancerous growth on his shoulder. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Maryland native Alan Gross should be released. Short of that, she says Gross should be allowed to see a U.S. doctor. The […]

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