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
Baltimore police are doing away with the term "stop and frisk," though officers can still use the controversial search tactic. Baltimore's Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said controversy over the New York Police Department's heavy use of the practice led to a negative connotation from which police must distance themselves.
St. John's College in Annapolis, known for immersing its students in classics of the Western canon, will feature in its popular Friday night lecture series a topic that might rankle some modern-day content watchdogs but would have made Socrates proud.
A 43-year-old man was found dead in his home in Parkton on Monday night after allegedly assaulting three family members — including both of his parents with a metal pipe — and then barricading himself inside with a rifle, Baltimore County Police said.
The resignation of NAACP president Benjamin Jealous left the nation's most influential advocacy group for equality in search of a new leader at a particularly sensitive time for U.S. race relations, setting off a debate Monday about his potential successor.
Bradley Manning, the junior Army analyst convicted of espionage for leaking thousands of classified documents, was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday, reigniting a debate over how far the government should go to punish those who publicize secret information.
Hundreds of people marched through downtown Baltimore Monday evening to protest the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, with those who rallied saying the teen was a symbol of systemic issues the black community faces in Baltimore and around the country.
By By Carrie Wells and Justin George and The Baltimore Sun
The small chartered medical jet landed at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and taxied to a stop, and there on the tarmac, inside the jet, two men from Ohio were finally together in a state where they could wed. And that's exactly what they did.
Earl Johnson, the founder of Operation Oliver, an advocacy group that works to improve the troubled East Baltimore neighborhood of Oliver, has resigned from the board of an associated veteran-led organization after it was revealed that he had misrepresented his military record and criminal history.
A prominent gay rights organization that helped bankroll Maryland's effort to pass same-sex marriage last year announced on Tuesday a new $3 million plan to push for such unions in several more states in the next three years.
Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr., a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage and other gay rights initiatives in Annapolis for the last two decades, is officially retiring from the state legislature next year -- capping a long political career in which his stances on gay issues have increasingly put him at odds with legislative colleagues and younger voters.
Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — as well as a more recent effort to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — has underscored just how dramatically lawmakers have changed their view on the issue in the course of 17 years.
The disagreement between Mary Ellen Barbera and Glenn T. Harrell Jr. made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that didn't stop them from meeting for lunch in Washington after oral arguments in the case.
By By Andrea F. Siegel and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Kirk Bloodsworth celebrated his 20th year of freedom Friday after he was wrongfully convicted of murder in Maryland and sentenced to death. On Saturday, he joined with activists to mark other anniversaries: 41 years since the Supreme Court temporarily halted executions and 37 years (come Tuesday) since it allowed them to continue.
The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling Wednesday that federal benefits must be given to all legally married same-sex couples inspired Maryland's political leaders to offer thoughts on social progress.