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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the state's second highest court. O'Malley on Tuesday appointed Dan Friedman, an assistant attorney general, to the at-large position on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, a job vacant  since Judge Albert J. Matricciani resigned earlier this year.  Friedman has been the chief architect behind the Maryland's defense of its new ban on the sale of...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Charles County authorities are investigating an incident in which a retired Circuit Court judge ordered that a unruly defendant be given an electric shock during a court proceeding last month. Paul B. DeWolfe Jr., who heads the state Office of the Public Defender, called Friday for the judge to be banned from hearing cases. "What the judge did here was unconscionable," DeWolfe said in a statement. "The infliction of physical pain to silence a person is unacceptable anywhere, but especially when it is done in a court of law at the direction of the very person whose job it is to protect people's rights.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Federal authorities say they have located and arrested a man who while incarcerated had vowed to kill a judge, then disappeared from a Baltimore re-entry program this month. The U.S. Marshals service cited the letter when filing charges of escape against Kevin Johnson, 34, but a spokesman said in an interview that they never considered him an actual threat to the judge, who stepped down from active service in January. Johnson was arrested at Sinai Hospital, according to David Lutz, a Marshals spokesman.
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August 19, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's recent article on a man charged, arrested and detained pending trial for a robbery that occurred while he was in jail on a different charge (" Man charged with street robbery that happened while he was in jail Aug. 14) highlights a serious and pervasive problem with the way pretrial release determinations are made in Maryland - namely that judges erroneously believe they are required to accept the prosecution's allegations as true for the purpose of determining whether to detain or release a defendant.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
A judge blocked Major League Baseball on Monday from compelling the TV network controlled by the Baltimore Orioles to pay tens of millions of dollars a year more to the Washington Nationals for the rights to show their games — for now. Following a hearing, New York Supreme Court Judge Lawrence Marks granted the request of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and the Orioles to extend an injunction he had granted Aug. 7 while the case proceeds in...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
A University of Maryland lacrosse player was cleared in a Virginia sexual assault case Thursday after being accused of molesting a woman at a concert, his lawyer said. Prosecutors dropped a felony sex assault charge against Benjamin Chisolm and a judge cleared him of assault after a brief bench trial, according to the attorney. But Chisolm was found guilty of being drunk in public and received a fine and community service. "Ben Chisolm was never guilty of a sexual assault, he wasn't guilty of assault and that's the end of it," said the attorney, Edward B. MacMahon, Jr. The Prince William's County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office did not respond to a request for comment.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland's new ban on assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, handing at least a temporary victory to state officials who say the measures could ward off mass shootings. A collection of gun owners, stores and industry groups had sued the state, saying the bans violated their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Judge Catherine C. Blake disagreed, writing flatly: "I find the law constitutional. " Blake's decision adds to a growing list of legal victories for states that have tightened their gun laws in recent years, even after the Supreme Court decided in 2008 that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
A Howard County judge sent Morgan Lane Arnold back to jail from a juvenile facility Monday, ruling that the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult on charges she plotted with her boyfriend to kill her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker told a full courtroom that Arnold, accused of helping plan the May 2013 killing of her father, well-known businessman and blogger Dennis Lane, needs intensive mental health treatment. There's no guarantee she would get it in the five years she might spend in the juvenile system if found guilty, Tucker said.
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By Justin Fenton and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
A nightclub insurance mogul charged with fraud will remain detained after prosecutors alleged that bomb-making equipment and musings on killing discovered after his indictment — along with notes about disappearing in Croatia — made him too risky to release. The Wednesday hearing in federal court in Baltimore marked Jeffrey B. Cohen's first appearance since the allegations of an apparent plot to attack a Delaware judge and another elected official became public in an unsealed search warrant.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Harborview condo association must pay the owner of one of the tower's penthouses more than $15,500 each month for failing to complete maintenance within a court-ordered deadline. Judge Emanuel Brown found the condo association in contempt of a 2011 award, upheld on appeal in 2013, that required the board to complete maintenance due to water infiltration in owner James W. Ancel, Sr.'s 27 t h floor unit. Ancel, the head of a Towson-based construction firm, filed suit against the board in 2010 over mold problems in the luxury waterfront tower.
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