State lawmakers and civil liberties advocates are considering legislation that would regulate police surveillance programs — and require public disclosure — after the Baltimore Police Department ran a secret aerial surveillance program over the city for months.
The General Assembly agreed Monday to sweeping changes in Maryland's criminal justice policies, but failed to reach a deal that would have given residents their first major income tax break in nearly two decades.
The American Civil Liberties Union announced a lawsuit against the National Security Agency on Tuesday, alleging what it calls "mass Internet spying" on Americans international emails, communications and other online activity.
Advocates for military women are suing the Department of Defense for information about how the Naval Academy and the other military service academies recruit female students — part of a campaign, they say, to expose ongoing gender bias at the elite training grounds for the nation's officer corps.
Lawyers who launched a fair-lending case in Baltimore against Wells Fargo that ended with a $175 million settlement three years ago had an effective weapon in their arsenal: a federal legal standard recognizing discrimination by effect as well as intent. Today, local housing advocates are concerned that this long-standing Fair Housing Act protection is in jeopardy as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to it.
As Gov. Larry Hogan released details of next year's austerity budget Friday, advocacy groups and local governments pored through the numbers to discover what the impact would be on the people they serve.
Federal judge James Bredar ruled that Fancy Cats Rescue Team and its coordinator, Denise Arnot, have properly alleged a violation of "the right to exercise constitutionally protected free speech, free of a state actor's retaliatory adverse act," and that the director, Charlott Crenson, is not immune from being sued since her alleged conduct "violated a clearly established constitutional right." He also found that the claims are over a "valuable government benefit," namely the "opportunity to serve as a volunteer or partner with a government organization."
Advocates for the rehabilitation of prisoners gathered in Annapolis Tuesday to call on lawmakers to eliminate a requirement that Maryland's governor sign off on any parole recommendation for an inmate serving a life sentence.
Maryland and the nation are grappling with how to restore trust that law enforcement officers will treat all the people they serve fairly and equally, and that the officers can be and will be held accountable when they do not. One critical component of reform locally has to be reform of Maryland's Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights
About 150 protesters gathered Thursday at Lawyers Mall in Annapolis morning before marching to the House of Delegates, where they declared their intention to regularly attend Maryland's General Assembly.
Katharine LeVeque, a Baltimore resident for more than 50 years and member of a anti-war group that two years ago won a won a civil rights lawsuit with the ACLU against the Baltimore City Police for her peace activities, died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 1
In a rare case of editorial initiative, the New York Times editorial board has flatly called for an investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other prominent George W. Bush administration figures involved in authorship of the so-called torture memos, which authorized use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against suspected terrorists captured in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The editorial was more wish that prediction.
A Baltimore County judge has again ordered Maryland State Police to reimburse civil liberties groups nearly $600,000 in legal fees over a long-running court battle over racial profiling, according to the ACLU and the law firm that assisted them in the case.
In a case that could have a profound impact on the rights of pregnant employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled over whether a Maryland UPS driver faced discrimination when she was asked to leave her job because her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy packages.
The Baltimore Education Coalition calls upon the state IAC to give the city school system its regular allotment of capital funding: 11 percent to 12 percent of the total state budget for school construction. Other Maryland districts should get their fair share as well — a win win for all children in the state.
The national American Civil Liberties Union has filed a brief supporting a challenge to the use of a cellphone tracking device in a federal case in Maryland, arguing that the technology raises "serious Fourth Amendment concerns" and that authorities misled a judge in obtaining a court order.
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the NSA's vast phone data collection program — the next act in the legal battle pitting the agency's anti-terrorism efforts against the privacy rights of Americans.
The renewed clamor for postponement of Common Core testing provides further evidence of the failure of "top-down" reform in Maryland public schools. Who can forget MSPAP, the State Board of Education's high stakes tests for graduation; and the procrastination in fulfilling the Race to the Top promise that teacher promotions would be related to student performance? What has not been tried is "bottom up" reform.
An assistant manager at a Greenbelt Hair Cuttery who was fired after being diagnosed with HIV has been reinstated and paid restitution by the barbershop chain's parent company, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Wednesday.
The sharp reduction in violent crime that occurred on Martin O'Malley's watch as mayor of Baltimore is a central theme of the speech he gives as he travels the country and lays the groundwork for a presidential campaign. But ongoing criticism from the city's current mayor could focus attention on an aspect of O'Malley's crime-fighting record he never mentions in New Hampshire or Iowa: A soaring arrest rate during his tenure in Baltimore that angered civil rights groups and locked the city into a
Montgomery County officials said Tuesday they will no longer honor federal requests to hold illegal immigrants beyond their scheduled release date unless U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement can demonstrate the person is likely to have committed a crime.
Howard County Board of Education candidates discussed what they perceive as inequalities between county schools, the need to adjust school start times and the controversial confederate flag display at Glenelg High School during a candidates' forum Wednesday at The Other Barn in Columbia.
Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month.