The Harford County legislative delegation ended the 2016 General Assembly session Monday with the passage of a flurry of bills that will show the county and state's continued support for two slain Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, allow alcohol to be served in local movie theaters and allow Harford Community College to obtain a license for alcohol sales during community events on campus.
This year, the House Judiciary Committee, the Commerce Department, the Copyright Office and others are looking at potential changes to the Copyright Act. The newspaper industry applauds these efforts to ensure that copyright law is best suited for the digital age. We hope that any changes to the Copyright Act will continue to ensure that content creators — including those who invest in journalism — receive fair compensation.
Asylum requests by former gang members are now working their way up to appeals courts — forcing judges to better define the sometimes murky requirements that spell out which immigrants may be granted haven here.
WASHINGTON — The U.S Justice Department on Wednesday invited thousands of federal convicts to request their release from prison, a measure that could have an outsized effect in Baltimore where U.S. prosecutors have worked closely with local authorities.
By By Ian Duncan and Timothy M. Phelps and The Baltimore Sun
Responding to the Obama Administration's decision to delay enforcement of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), a number of politicians and commentators have argued that the president is running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution. Is President Obama abdicating his constitutional duties? To answer, one must consider both the relevant text of the ACA and any legal precedent that considers whether the executive branch enjoys the discretion that it claims to have. Fortunately
A powerful General Assembly committee chairman and advocates of decriminalization of marijuana have reached a tentative deal that would make possession of small amounts of the drug a civil offense with no jail time, according to sources familiar with the plan.
A bill aimed at preventing guns from being sold to people legally barred from owning them drew fire Tuesday night in Annapolis, as gun rights advocates charged the measure would simply let state authorities drag out sales now delayed for months because of a large backlog in Maryland State Police background checks.
Del. Don H. Dwyer Jr., convicted twice of alcohol-related offenses over the last two years, urged fellow lawmakers Wednesday to approve his bill requiring mandatory minimum sentences, similar to the one he is serving, for officials convicted of drunk driving.
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 poor people have legal representation at the earliest stage of their cases.
Some suspects will go free within the day, while others will likely sit in jail until their day in court. But that distinction often has less to do with the size of their bail than their ability to pay it.
An attempt by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler to pivot from character concerns to issues in the increasingly nasty gubernatorial contest yielded more vitriol Tuesday as Gansler accused rival Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown of putting politics ahead of protecting women from domestic violence.
When Amazon.com opens a huge distribution center next year in Southeast Baltimore, consumers across the state who buy books, electronics, toys or anything else from the online seller will no longer be able to avoid the state's 6 percent sales tax on those purchases.
For the second time, the Maryland court of appeals has ruled that indigent defendants have a right to public defenders during initial bail hearings held before court commissioners, striking down as unconstitutional a provision in state law that was enacted last year to skirt the costly requirement
Hundreds of politicos gathered in Prince George's County Saturday afternoon to mix and mingle at an annual event hosted by some of the state's most powerful Democratic lawmakers. An afternoon downpour cut attendance at the annual barbecue, which for decades has been a must-do election season event on the calendars of candidates and hopefuls alike.
The 19-year-old felt sick to her stomach when she stepped into the Baltimore prison nicknamed "Supermax" for her first day of work as a corrections officer. The place was dark and dingy, and she had never been around so many men before.
A growing revolt in rural Maryland counties against Gov. Martin O'Malley's new gun law has spread to far Western Maryland, where the sheriff of Garrett County declared this week that the measure was unconstitutional and that he would enforce only the provisions he believes are valid.
Despite Beretta's threats that the company would leave Maryland if new gun laws were passed and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Beretta USA has no current plans to abandon its headquarters in Prince George's County.