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Md. high court weighs whether MTA violated Fourth Amendment (access required)

An assistant Maryland attorney general and a defense lawyer battled before the state’s top court Tuesday over whether transit officers violated the constitutional right of light-rail passengers to be free of unreasonable seizures when the agents conducted sweeps of the ...

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Court calls traffic stop search unconstitutional, reverses pot conviction (access required)

A Pocomoke City police officer’s tackling of a motorist stopped for allegedly being on his cellphone while driving invalidates the subsequent discovery of marijuana in the driver’s possession and car, a Maryland appeals court ruled after concluding the officer had ...

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Md. high court will consider whether MTA police violated Fourth Amendment (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court will consider whether state transit officers violated the constitutional rights of light rail passengers by putting on a show of force in conducting a sweep of the train cars to ensure fares were paid. The ...

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Ethnic profiling suit against Baltimore County can proceed, judge says (access required)

An El Salvadoran living in Maryland can proceed with her civil rights lawsuit alleging a Baltimore County traffic officer pulled her over because she looked to be Latina and subsequently detained her when a federal database erroneously listed her as ...

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Top Md. court: Handcuffing suspect does not automatically constitute arrest (access required)

The use of handcuffs to detain a suspect does not constitute an arrest requiring probable cause if an officer reasonably suspects the person may be armed, the state’s top appellate court has ruled. The Court of Appeals also found Friday ...

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Md. high court weighs whether handcuffs constitute detention or arrest (access required)

A public defender and an assistant Maryland attorney general battled at the state’s top court Thursday over whether keeping an unarmed, illegal-drug suspect handcuffed in a Baltimore County parking lot constituted an unlawful arrest that should invalidate the subsequent discovery of more than 100 grams of cocaine in his hotel room.

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