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  • Berkeley vs. Big Soda [Commentary]

    Berkeley vs. Big Soda [Commentary]
    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...
  • When rap lyrics become evidence

    When rap lyrics become evidence
    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,...
  • Arson charge against volunteer firefighter dismissed

    Arson charge against volunteer firefighter dismissed
    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. Authorities...
  • Looking Out: Judge says LGBT foster summit a success

    Looking Out: Judge says LGBT foster summit a success
    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....
  • Top court bans shocking judge from hearing cases

    Top court bans shocking judge from hearing cases
    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,...
  • Neverdon loses again as he strives for place on November ballot

    Neverdon loses again as he strives for place on November ballot
    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...
  • U.S. appeals court to look again at cellphone location data

    U.S. appeals court to look again at cellphone location data
    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...
  • Women's rights upheld [Editorial]

    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...
  • A speed bump for marriage equality [Editorial]

    A speed bump for marriage equality  [Editorial]
    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...
  • No justice for Gina [Commentary]

    No justice for Gina [Commentary]
    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...
  • Judge warns privacy of DNA at stake after ruling

    Judge warns privacy of DNA at stake after ruling
    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...
  • Court upholds shooter's conviction in murder-for-hire plot

    Court upholds shooter's conviction in murder-for-hire plot
    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...