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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
The Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Maryland's long-standing but unusual way of handling negligence cases, which bars plaintiffs who are found to be even 1 percent at fault from winning payouts. Judge John C. Eldridge, writing for the 5-2 majority, said the question whether to change to another model is one for the state legislature. Another model would likely require juries to assign blame and portion out damages accordingly — something Maryland jurors don't do now. "For this Court to change the common law … in the face of the General Assembly's repeated refusal to do so, would be totally inconsistent with the Court's long-standing jurisprudence," Eldridge wrote.
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By New York Times | March 18, 1993
PHILADELPHIA -- In mid-January, Shilie Turner, 17, a high school senior who was one of the nation's most promising young female track stars, vanished from her neighborhood in the Overbrook section.Her mother made a series of emotional public appeals for her safe return, but a month later Miss Turner's body was found, hidden by bushes in a local park. She had been beaten and then shot six times.Now her mother, Vivian King, 42, has been charged with her murder, and acquaintances of the family have been left to wonder whether they should have paid closer attention to Miss Turner's complaints of an unhappy home life, and to her loud quarrels with her mother.
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by Annie Linskey | May 30, 2012
Maryland's legislative leaders today appointed a bipartisan panel to study the impact of recent court ruling that labeled pit bulls as 'inherently dangerous' for liability purposes and to make recommendations about possible legislative fixes. Five members from each chamber have been named, including three of the five delegates who introduced legislation aimed at overturning the court's ruling during the May special session in Annapolis. The 4-3 decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals came in April after the General Assembly's regular session expired, and drew outrage from dog owners who fear that thousands of pit bulls will be put down.
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By HILLARY RODHAM | August 23, 1992
"Hillary believes that 12-year-olds have a right to sue their parents, and she has compared marriage as an institution to slavery - and life on an Indian reservation."Pat Buchanan"If you're out there on issues, taking your case to the people on issues, and you have an activist past, and you're a very aggressive lawyuer, that is a little different than if you're not taking positions."George Bush"Will the campaign continue to identify Hillary Clinton as the Winnie Mandela of American politics."
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By LARRY CARSON | April 19, 2007
An 18-year-old Columbia man was indicted on murder and riot charges yesterday by a Howard County grand jury. The charges stem from a Feb. 24 melee on the football field at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. Kevin Francis Klink, a former wrestler at Oakland Mills High School, was charged in February with killing Robert Brazell, also 18, by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat during the fight that involved dozens of youths. Police were alerted about 12:30 a.m. Brazell was taken by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died the next day. The common-law riot charge is new, said Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for Howard County state's attorney Timothy J. McCrone.
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By Gregory P. Kane | October 14, 1993
DURING the seventh day of deliberations in the case of the two men accused of beating truck driver Reginald Denny during last year's Los Angeles riots, one of the regular jurors was replaced by an alternate. The jurors had to renew deliberations from the beginning, because the alternate was not in on the original deliberations.The juror, an elderly woman known only as Juror 373, was dismissed for "failing to deliberate as the law defines it," the elegant legalese the judge in the case used.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff Raymond L. Sanchez contributed to this story | August 16, 1991
New York City police are still investigating the death of a northwest Baltimore man who was robbed and shot five times as he and his common-law wife sat in a car in Queens.Police are looking for two Hispanic men in their 20s who police said approached Rickey George, 33, of the 3000 block of Mondawmin Ave., and his common-law wife at 1:25 a.m. yesterday as they sat in a rented 1990 Pontiac Sunbird in the 1600 block of Summerfield St. in Ridgewood.They were robbed of about $200 in cash and some jewelry, said Sgt. George Zaroogian, of the 104th precinct in Queens.
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December 12, 1991
Unlike other individual rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, the right to a jury trial is also guaranteed in the body of the Constitution. The Sixth and Seventh amendments were added, however, to make sure such trials were fair and not subject to manipulation by the government. The Sixth Amendment deals with criminal prosecutions; the Seventh, with civil cases.The Sixth goes beyond the Constitution's bare guarantee of trial by jury to insist that the trial be "speedy" and "public," that the jurors be "impartial," that the accused be informed of "the nature and cause" of all charges, be able to compel testimony, examine the evidence and have a lawyer.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 11, 1997
PONTIAC, Mich. -- Saying that any renewed attempt to prosecute Dr. Jack Kevorkian would be "an exercise in futility," the new Oakland County prosecutor, David Gorcyca, dismissed a long list of assisted-suicide charges his predecessor had filed against the retired pathologist and two assistants in October."
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN REPORTER | September 17, 2006
In the news Represented Mount Vernon-area residents who challenged the Archdiocese of Baltimore's demolition of the Rochambeau, a 100-year-old apartment building at North Charles and West Franklin streets in Baltimore. Occupation Lawyer with Liebmann and Shively. Also executive director of the Calvert Institute for Policy Research. Author of eight nonfiction books, most recently The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait of Five Legal Scholars. Career highlights Came to Baltimore in 1963 as law clerk to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune.
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