Scott Shellenberger

Baltimore County to hire private attorneys to defend itself in lawsuit over UMBC students' sex assault claims

Baltimore County to hire private attorneys to defend itself in lawsuit over UMBC students' sex assault claims

Baltimore County government is poised to pay a private law firm up to $600,000 to help defend the county against a federal class-action lawsuit that claims police failed to properly investigate sexual assaults involving students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

County officials plan to retain the Baker Donelson law firm for legal services in the case.

The lawsuit was filed this fall in U.S. District Court by former UMBC students who say they reported alleged rape cases to university and county police — and that authorities humiliated and...

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