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Mar 22, 2016

Bills to eliminate witness requirement in Md. divorce cases could be combined

Two similar bills in the General Assembly that would eliminate the requirement that divorcing couples bring corroborating witnesses to court to prove their grounds may be combined after discussions between their sponsors at a hearing Tuesday.

Mar 24, 2013

Lead-paint plaintiff can prove source of exposure by circumstantial evidence

The source of lead paint exposure can be established through circumstantial evidence, without expert testimony, the Court of Appeals held Friday.

Jul 10, 2012

Panel hears testimony on septic system regulations

ANNAPOLIS — Regulations requiring new Maryland construction to use the best technology in septic systems would help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, supporters told lawmakers Tuesday, but critics said the proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration is a back-door effort to implement a plan already rejected by the Legislature. Robert Summers, secretary of the Maryland […]

May 21, 2012

Law blog roundup

Today reminds me of a song by The Carpenters. But, alas, I digress. What follows is this week’s edition of the roundup. — How prosecutors might proceed — if at all — in the JPMorgan case. — Why you should marry after the initial public offering. — What a Los Angeles County district attorney candidate […]

May 8, 2012

Henson returns to stand in robocalls trial

The defense has rested for a campaign consultant accused of using Election Day robocalls to suppress black voter turnout in the 2010 gubernatorial election. Julius Henson, who worked for Ehrlich during his rematch with Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, finished testifying Tuesday in Baltimore. His attorney had hoped to call campaign manager Paul Schurick, but he […]

Mar 13, 2012

Miller: High gas prices make gas tax a tough sell

ANNAPOLIS — Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. sounded doubtful Tuesday about the prospects for increased taxes on gas, especially because of high gas prices and the fact that Maryland lawmakers will be wrestling with a proposed income tax increase to balance the budget. Miller, who supports finding new revenue for transportation, said he […]

Jan 11, 2012

Justices refuse to limit eyewitness IDs

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Wednesday to extend constitutional safeguards against the use of some eyewitness testimony at criminal trials, despite concerns that eyewitness identification plays a key role in innocent people going to prison. In a case dealing with a narrow slice of the issue of identifying a suspect, the court voted 8-1 […]

Dec 11, 2011

Opinions – Maryland Court of Appeals: 12/12/11

Administrative Law Medical licensing BOTTOM LINE: Where physician failed to disclose existence of a pending malpractice action against him on his license renewal application, physician violated ethics rules by falsely indicating that he was not involved in a medical malpractice action. CASE: Kim v. Maryland State Board of Physicians, No. 1, Sept. Term, 2011. (filed […]

Nov 1, 2011

Immunity for grand jury testimony under scrutiny

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with whether government officials are protected from civil lawsuits, even if they tell lies that lead a grand jury to vote for an indictment. The justices heard arguments in an appeal from Charles Rehberg, an accountant who was indicted three times involving charges that he harassed doctors affiliated […]

Aug 16, 2011

Haynesworth lawyer: Witness was offered cash for testimony

WASHINGTON — A prosecution witness in the misdemeanor sexual abuse case against Albert Haynesworth says he was offered $50,000 to testify against the former Washington Redskin, court records show. Haynesworth, who was traded to the New England Patriots last month, is scheduled to stand trial in D.C. Superior Court next Tuesday. He is accused of […]

Jun 22, 2011

Court of Appeals overturns Lupfer murder conviction

Maryland’s top court has held that a defendant’s testimony of his pre-arrest intentions to cooperate with police did not “open the door” enough to allow prosecutors to question him about his post-arrest, post-Miranda silence. Monday’s opinion from the Court of Appeals reversed a Court of Special Appeals decision. The intermediate appellate court had held that […]

Feb 16, 2011

Senate panel takes up MERS bill, others

ANNAPOLIS — An influential Senate committee heard testimony from homeowners’ and lenders’ attorneys Wednesday on three bills designed to make it easier for borrowers facing foreclosure to discover who owns their loans before it is too late. One of the proposals would remove registries like the lending industry’s home-loan database — Mortgage Electronic Registration System, […]

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