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  • Lawmakers poised to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates

    Lawmakers poised to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates
    Maryland lawmakers are poised to outlaw the shackling of pregnant inmates. The proposed law would make it illegal to shackle incarcerated women while they are in labor, delivery and recovering from giving birth. While legislative analysts said most...
  • Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

    Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana
    Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be a crime in Maryland under a law passed Monday and sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his expected signature. Adults caught with less than 10 grams of pot will get a citation that will be treated...
  • Maryland National Guard helping to patrol Mexican border

    Maryland National Guard helping to patrol Mexican border
    — The three soldiers in the Maryland National Guard helicopter crew lifted off from this sweltering border city shortly after sunset, with a federal agent on board and three "tickets" — reports of persons attempting to slip across the Rio...
  • Advocacy groups seek role in transgender bias suit

    Advocacy groups seek role in transgender bias suit
    Six regional and national advocacy organizations have filed arguments in federal court on behalf of a transgender retired police sergeant who brought a discrimination suit against Howard County after she was rejected for a volunteer police mounted patrol....
  • Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends

    Minimum-wage hike, new marijuana laws approved as session ends
    By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills...
  • Few details released in fatal FBI shooting in Owings Mills

    Few details released in fatal FBI shooting in Owings Mills
    The FBI said Saturday three of its special agents were working with other law enforcement on a drug investigation when agents fatally shot a man Friday in Owings Mills, but declined to release key details about the circumstances of the incident. In a...
  • Obama weighs detainee hearings

    Obama weighs detainee hearings
    — Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts fast-track cases of incarcerated immigrants....
  • Public financing leads to public accountability [Commentary]

    Public financing leads to public accountability [Commentary]
    For many years, special interests — particularly the development industry — have played an inordinate role in financing the campaigns of county executive and county council candidates throughout Maryland. Once elected, these officials often...
  • O'Malley takes aim at deportations

    O'Malley takes aim at deportations
    Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Friday that the Baltimore City Detention Center will no longer automatically honor requests from the federal government to hold immigrants for deportation — making the state-run jail one of a relative handful in the...
  • Maryland prosecutors struggle with marijuana cases

    Maryland prosecutors struggle with marijuana cases
    As prosecutors across Maryland wait for the new law that will remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, they're taking a patchwork approach in the way they handle such cases. In some counties, including Harford and Carroll,...
  • Lawmakers weigh 'revenge porn' bills

    Lawmakers weigh 'revenge porn' bills
    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,...
  • New city police policy says public has right to film officers

    New city police policy says public has right to film officers
    The Baltimore Police Department has instituted a new policy that prohibits officers from stopping people from taping or photographing police actions, the agency said Wednesday. The new rules were unveiled as the city agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a...