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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Former Catonsville doctor William Dando will not face trial for sexual assault allegations after agreeing never to practice medicine in Maryland again. Allegany County prosecutors dropped charges against him Tuesday, citing two factors — the "he said, she said" nature of the case and his decision to surrender his medical license. Dando had been scheduled to stand trial Wednesday in an incident in which a 41-year-old patient said he touched her genitals while treating her for an ear infection at an urgent-care center near Cumberland.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
The state's highest court ordered a new trial Wednesday for a former Baltimore police sergeant convicted nearly two decades ago of murdering his young mistress - a ruling that could affect cases that relied on bullet testing used for decades until being debunked. Gina Nueslein, a 22-year-old clerk at a Royal Farms, became entangled with Sgt. James Kulbicki, who was 14 years her senior, in a relationship that soured as she sued him for child support. Twenty years later, Kulbicki has a chance to demonstrate the innocence he has maintained, but Nueslein's family must experience the ordeal of her death again.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Donald C. Allen, a retired corporate lawyer who was a founder of the Baltimore law firm of Allen, Thiebolt and Alexander, died Thursday at his home in Jackson, Wyo., of pancreatic cancer. He was 82. The son of Donald E. Allen, a meat inspector, and Alice Diediker Allen, a homemaker, Donald Clinton Allen, the first of six children, was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., where he graduated in 1950 from John Rogers High School. Mr. Allen entered Princeton University in 1950 and withdrew three years later.
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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 Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
George N. Manis, founder of the Annapolis law firm of Manis, Canning & Associates, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Fairfield Nursing Center in Crownsville. He was 85. The son of Nick Manis and Harriet Manis, Greek immigrants, George Nick Manis was born and raised in Annapolis. His father owned The Presto restaurant in Annapolis. Mr. Manis attended Manlius Prep School in DeWitt, N.Y., and Annapolis High School, where he was a star basketball player and was named to the All State national tournament team.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Lawyers for the state and gun rights advocates debated in federal court Tuesday about the government's power to hem in the Second Amendment to ward off mass shootings. Spectators crammed into a federal courtroom in downtown Baltimore to watch the hearing regarding bans on the sale or sharing of assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Those provisions, which took effect in October, were among a package of measures enacted to strengthen Maryland's gun laws after 26 people were killed in an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before they get a decision in their immigration cases - before they even have a hearing - the tens of thousands of children entering the country illegally will face an increasingly daunting challenge at the heart of a massive backlog in U.S. immigration court: The young immigrants must first find an attorney. Legal groups and immigration experts say the number of lawyers available to represent undocumented children in Maryland and elsewhere is already woefully inadequate to meet the demand - even though many of the most recent border crossers haven't yet begun to enter the court system.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Elliott A. Brager, an attorney who was an accomplished fundraiser for HIV treatment and research, died of heart failure Monday at his Mount Washington home. He was 72. Born in Baltimore and raised in the Park Heights area, he was the son of Philip Brager, a wholesale shoe inventory control specialist, and the former Hilda Levitz, an executive secretary who also worked in the shoe business. He attended Robert E. Lee School No. 49 and was a 1959 City College graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. As a young lawyer, he worked for attorney Abraham L. Adler in his office in downtown Baltimore.
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Susan Reimer | July 2, 2014
The Greens, the evangelical Christians who own 500 craft shops called Hobby Lobby, aren't the people on whom we should be focusing our anger this week. Neither is the Mennonite Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties They aren't the bad guys. The five male justices on the Supreme Court who supported the companies' refusal to provide contraceptive care to their female employees on religious grounds aren't the enemy here, either, although many might dispute that point.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
In the aftermath of an eight-year court battle, a major change in the way Maryland's justice system operates finally boiled down Tuesday to one simple question. "Would you like to have a court-appointed attorney?" court Commissioner Jennifer Colton asked a heavily tattooed man sitting in her Towson office. Colton is a foot soldier in Maryland's sprawling judicial system, tasked with deciding whether arrested people should be released, required to post bail or held until they see a judge.
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