| May 19, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Benjamin Lipsitz, whose commitment to the spirit and letter of the law led him to defend a would-be assassin, a Nazi sympathizer and a craven murderer during a career that spanned more than a half-century, died May 10. He was 94.
"He was so...
| May 20, 2013
| 5:55 PM
Maryland's counties and Baltimore face a collective loss of more than $40 million a year and some taxpayers could get refunds if a decision by the state's highest court isn't reversed on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state Court of Appeals ruled...
| May 2, 2013
| 8:26 AM
In the United States of 2013, any youngster can walk into a store and buy a bottle of aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or some other pain reliever without showing any identification, parental consent or a doctor's order. They don't have to be 15 or 17 or...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Lawyers for a Harford County teen accused of killing his father last year attempted to convince a judge Friday that it would be unconstitutional to try the 17-year-old as an adult.
Robert C. Richardson III's attorneys also said the boy is suffering from...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. — Louis D. Brandeis
Just a few words and little thought separate yet another stronghold of the American economy from ruin....
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:06 AM
Ten years to the day since the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws that criminalized gay sex, the court will make history by ruling on same-sex marriage.
In preparation for today's rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, which will...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 2:15 PM
A lawyer for John Joseph Merzbacher, a former Catholic school teacher imprisoned for raping a student decades ago, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case after a federal appeals court rejected an earlier argument that he should be set free....
| Apr 8, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Like American jurisprudence, the University of Baltimore's new $114 million law school is complicated and thoughtful.
Staircases bridge across and spiral through the 12-story building's vibrant atrium, connecting a labyrinth of classrooms and study...
| Apr 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is right that Maryland isn't "the Southern state that [it] used to be" and has become more progressive ("Session ends in a flurry of votes," April 9). Yet, for all the progress that has been made, there remains one...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 3:48 PM
The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and among the winners is "Devil in the Grove," a non-fiction account of Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall's fearless work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in a Florida case. As we all know, Marshall went...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln
History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 11:43 AM
It's been more than 25 years since Douglas H. Ginsburg asked that his nomination to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice be withdrawn.
The prospective high court justice nominated by Ronald Reagan, it turned out, smoked marijuana and ended up admitting...