Maryland's convoluted congressional districts were once again before the Supreme Court on Wednesday as an attorney for a longtime critic of the maps questioned the constitutionality of the 2011 redistricting as well as the process federal courts have used to review it.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shapiro v. McManus, a lawsuit I and two Republican voters filed to challenge the congressional lines state legislators and then-Gov. Martin O'Malley drew in 2011.
The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a former Baltimore Police sergeant for killing his young mistress nearly two decades ago, a case that had been overturned by Maryland's highest court.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Howard County public schools, completed 11 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws segregating public schools were unconstitutional. On the evening of Sept. 29, several county organizations will commemorate the milestone with an event at the Miller Branch Library, "Every Dream Begins with a Dreamer."
A Bethesda man's little noticed 2013 lawsuit over Maryland's convoluted congressional districts, which already were approved by voters and upheld — twice — by a federal court, is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, where it has the potential to not only change how redistricting cases are heard but also to open up a new line of constitutional attack against political gerrymandering.
Recent rants by Justice Scalia, who plays politics both on and off the bench, underscore that now is the time look critically at the rules and regulations that structure the court and to seriously consider reform, starting with standardizing the tenure of Supreme Court justices to a reasonable term of 18 years.
The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare — but it probably won't.
Advocates of same-sex marriage celebrated the landmark Supreme Court ruling Friday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry anywhere in the United States but said work remains to protect gay and lesbian Americans from discrimination.
It is long past the time for Maryland as well as the other states to ban the use of the Confederate flag on the license plates they issue. For a state to endorse a symbol of the defenders of slavery by putting the Confederate flag on representations of government speech is unconscionable.
The Supreme Court declared Monday the Constitution gives the president, not Congress, the lead role in setting the nation's foreign policy, including the "exclusive power" to recognize foreign governments and negotiate sensitive disputes.
A split decision Monday from the U.S. Supreme Court that ruled Maryland's income tax law as unconstitutional could cost Carroll about a $1 million in back taxes and several hundred thousands of dollars a year going forward.
The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Howard County couple that argued their out-of-state income was being double-taxed in Maryland, a decision that could cost cities and counties in the state tens of millions of dollars.
There's a widespread assumption that racial, ethnic and sexual authenticity is bound up in support for liberal policies. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has one of the most poignant life stories of any African-American in public life, but he's routinely belittled as a sellout because he's conservative. Ben Carson, a child of an illiterate single mom in inner-city Detroit who became a world-renowned brain surgeon, has also gotten the "Uncle Tom" treatment.
I'll admit, I laughed out loud at Justice Kennedy's claim that the one woman one man definition of marriage has been with us for millenia. As any student in my family history class knows, the definition of a socially acceptable marriage has been contested, unstable and changing for centuries.
Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court last week over whether Texas can refuse to issue license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag to the group Sons of Confederate Veterans should sound familiar.
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.
A local order of nuns that has sued the federal government over a contraception coverage requirement under Obamacare found hope in a ruling Monday by the Supreme Court, which backed the University of Notre Dame in a similar action.
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued a legal analysis Monday arguing same-sex marriage bans in states across the country are based solely on "fear, prejudice, and hate," and must be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.