| Sep 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.
Rather than hang up, I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley, Calif. in...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 1:57 PM
Like many artists of his genre, East Baltimore rapper Young Moose uses his lyrics and music videos to depict the harsh reality of his surroundings, with images of men flashing guns, drugs and cash.
But as his career seemed to be taking off this summer,...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 3:25 PM
A U.S. district judge has dismissed charges against a Baltimore County volunteer firefighter who was accused of deliberately setting a 2007 blaze in Halethorpe, accepting his lawyer's argument that the federal court did not have jurisdiction.
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:00 PM
A Harford County judge who helped lead this week's Maryland Judiciary summit on care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the state's foster care system said the event was a success and could lead to substantive improvements in the future....
| Sep 10, 2014
| 4:54 PM
The state's top court has banned retired Charles County judge Robert C. Nalley, who ordered a defendant be given an electric shock, from hearing cases, a judiciary spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The Court of Appeals order, which went into effect Friday,...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 5:49 PM
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. has lost another battle in his effort to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate for Baltimore state's attorney.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch ruled against Neverdon on Tuesday in...
| Sep 6, 2014
| 3:51 PM
A federal appeals court in Atlanta has agreed to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that police need a warrant to collect cell tower location information about suspects — an issue that is central to a separate appeal in a Baltimore robbery...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 9:51 AM
The veritable tidal wave of abortion restrictions pushed by fundamentalist Christians and other socially conservative groups at the state level in recent years has run into a formidable sea wall in the nation's federal courtrooms. Judges are standing up...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 8:47 AM
The air of seeming inevitability that had developed around the idea of a successful constitutional challenge to state bans on gay marriage was punctured Wednesday by a federal judge in Louisiana. After 21 consecutive decisions favoring marriage equality...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 10:59 AM
As one of two former prosecutors in the 1995 murder trial of then-police Sgt. James Kulbicki ("Ex-Baltimore Police sergeant granted new trial in murder of mistress," Aug. 27), I was outraged and incredulous to learn that the Court of Appeals of Maryland...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 11:33 AM
As the state's highest court upheld this week a Harford County rape conviction based on DNA collected from the arm of a police station chair, a veteran judge issued a stark warning about the consequences of the ruling.
"The majority's approval of such...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 5:17 PM
A man convicted in a 2010 fatal shooting at a Hess gas station in exchange for $9,000 argued unsuccessfully that he should get a new trial because the judge in his case had once been the target in a similar scheme.
The Court of Special Appeals upheld...