| Mar 1, 2013
| 5:53 PM
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is pushing legislation to close what it describes as loopholes in state law that allow police to keep DNA samples from people never convicted of crimes.
Del. Jill P. Carter, a Baltimore Democrat, said Friday she...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is alleged to be one of the great intellects of conservative jurisprudence, but his comments during oral arguments over a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act displayed all the mental acuity of a third-tier...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 8:22 AM
Vehement opposition was all but universal at a public hearing in Westminster on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gun control legislation.
When the three members of Carroll County's delegation to the Maryland State Senate scheduled a Feb. 26 hearing to get...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:08 PM
Victims' advocates are concerned that a Maryland Court of Appeals decision this week will allow some sex offenders to have their names removed from the statewide sex offender registry, but it's still unclear exactly how the ruling could affect the...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 4:52 PM
The family of a Howard County girl who killed herself after months of harassment on social media sites asked Maryland lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill that would allow a jail term for a variety of acts known as "cyber-bullying."
Chris McComas, whose...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 1:30 PM
In a Maryland case that's garnered the attention of the other 49 states, the federal Department of Justice and the national science community, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether to restrict police in collecting DNA to solve...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:21 PM
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Annapolis may be located on the banks of the Severn River, but during the first three months of the year it often seems to be an island — so isolated are members of the General Assembly from real life. The gyrations of lawmakers over the high-stakes...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 1:19 PM
If the tenor of their questions is any indication, the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court appeared evenly divided in the challenge to California's law banning gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy, predictably, in the middle. But rather than deciding...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The General Assembly voted to repeal the death penalty Friday, calling for an end to Maryland's 375-year history of capital punishment and joining a growing number of states outlawing the practice.
After nearly two hours of impassioned debate, the House...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will visit a new, $112 million building next month that will house the University of Baltimore School of Law, school officials said Monday.
The John and Frances Angelos Law Center, which...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Researchers hailed the Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that bans the patenting of human DNA, saying it would expand access to genetic testing for disease at lower cost to patients.
In a unanimous decision, the justices said Myriad Genetics did not have...