| Mar 27, 2014
| 12:00 PM
It is time to decriminalize marijuana in Maryland ("Senate panel advances new medical marijuana plan," March 25). Possession of under 10 grams of marijuana should not put a person in jail and give them a criminal record that can dog them the rest of their...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 12:45 PM
If you're going to form an opinion on a subject such as public defenders and bail reform, you should have knowledge of that subject and a clear understanding of all of the facts. Obviously, The Sun's editorial supporting Senate Bill 973 ("Getting out of...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 6:33 PM
The Senate voted 37-9 Monday night for a sweeping overhaul of Maryland's system for deciding who is held and who is released after an arrest.
The legislation now goes to the House, where lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on their own...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Holding out against rising public sentiment in favor of less stringent marijuana laws, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a move to treat possession of small amounts of the drug as a civil offense.
Instead, the committee amended the...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 2:52 PM
As the General Assembly enters the final week of its 90-day session, lawmakers have fewer issues coming down to the wire than in a typical year — but some that remain are very thorny indeed.
A proposal to raise the minimum wage, Gov. Martin O'...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Advocates of legalizing marijuana launched their effort Thursday to change the law in Maryland, calling the war on drugs a failure and pointing to growing public support for their cause.
A handful of Maryland lawmakers hope to push the state in the...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 6:01 PM
In a shoebox of a courtroom at Baltimore's central booking facility on a recent day, Judge Nicole Pastore Klein worked swiftly to determine the price of freedom for men and women accused of crimes. Attempting to disarm a police officer: $150,000....
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:11 PM
Maryland's top court on Thursday left in place a bail system it declared unconstitutional four months ago, deciding instead to hear further arguments on how to ensure that poor people have legal representation at the earliest stage of their cases.
| Jan 28, 2014
| 1:37 PM
Lawmakers considered two competing bills Tuesday that would make Maryland among a handful of states to consider "revenge porn" a crime.
Vengefully posting naked pictures of an ex-lover online would carry jail time under the proposals weighed Tuesday,...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Two top Democrats vying to become governor on Friday pitched competing proposals to curb domestic violence, telling legislators current laws do not go far enough to protect children.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, testifying before the House Judiciary...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 9:31 AM
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., convicted twice of alcohol-related offenses in the last two years, will present a bill to a House committee Wednesday that would require mandatory minimum sentences similar to the one he is serving for officials convicted of drunk...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., convicted twice of alcohol-related offenses over the past two years, urged fellow lawmakers Wednesday to approve his bill requiring mandatory minimum sentences for officials convicted of drunken driving.
The Anne Arundel County...