Goodson’s trial stayed pending outcome of Porter testimony dispute
The trial for the officer facing the most serious charge for his alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray was delayed indefinitely Monday morning by a state appellate court. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals stayed the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson pending the resolution of whether Officer William Porter, whose case ended in […]
Top court won’t stay lawyers-at-bail ruling
Maryland’s top court said Wednesday it will not stay its landmark decision that criminal defendants have a constitutional right to counsel at initial bail hearings — but even so, it may have prolonged the seven-year legal fight between the accused and the state.
Arizona man executed for 1987 murders
FLORENCE, Ariz. — Arizona on Wednesday executed a death-row inmate for two gruesome slayings committed 25 years ago. Daniel Wayne Cook was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 1987 strangulation murders in Lake Havasu City of 26-year-old Carlos Cruz-Ramos and 16-year-old Kevin Swaney. Cook, 51, had avoided execution by one day […]
4th Circuit reinstates law on concealed-carry permits
An appellate court has stopped the clock from ticking on a federal judge’s order that gave Maryland two weeks to change the rules for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Chief Justice Roberts has eye on DNA
U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. strongly indicated Monday that the Supreme Court wants to review a Maryland high court decision generally barring police from collecting DNA samples from people arrested for committing or attempting to commit a violent crime.
Quest for handgun-permit stay heads to 4th Circuit
In a motion filed late Friday, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to keep Maryland’s handgun-permit process in place while he challenges a ruling that would force the state to rewrite it. Gansler’s motion says a stay is necessary before “taking the extraordinary step of invalidating a 40-year-old […]
Public defender fights stay in DNA case
The Maryland Office of the Public Defender on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stop allowing police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for violent crimes, contrary to a ruling by the state’s highest court.