369 ABA Journal Maryland articles.

Suit claims cap on deduction for state and local taxes violates equal state sovereignty
Four states filed a lawsuit Tuesday that contends the $10,000 cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes is unprecedented and unconstitutional.
Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting lost pro se case; court said he misunderstood defamation law

A Maryland man who was a losing pro se plaintiff in a defamation suit against the Capital Gazette newspaper chain has been charged with five counts of murder in the Thursday shooting deaths of five newsroom employees. Jarrod Ramos of Laurel is accused of firing a shotgun through the doors of the newsroom and opening fire, killing two editors, a reporter, a community correspondent and a sales assistant, report the Washington Post and the Capital Gazette in stories here and here.

Judge’s order requiring an ethics probe of Hillary Clinton’s lawyers is overturned
A Maryland judge had no jurisdiction to order an ethics probe of three lawyers for Hillary Clinton, Maryland’s top court has ruled.
San Francisco district attorney to use algorithm to aid marijuana expungements

The San Francisco district attorney’s office announced it will use an algorithm to help determine expungement eligibility for those with some marijuana convictions going back to the mid-1970s.

“When the…

‘Serial’ subject should get new murder trial because of ineffective assistance, appeals court says

A Maryland appeals court has ruled that Adnan Syed received ineffective assistance from a lawyer who didn’t contact an alibi witness in his trial for the January 1999 murder of…

Maryland judiciary warns of bench warrant scam
The Maryland judiciary is warning state residents about a scam in which a caller claims that potential victims need to pay hundreds of dollars for a “bond voucher.”
Maryland man convicted in fatal crash must carry victim’s photo for 6 years

A Baltimore man convicted of negligent manslaughter in a car crash will have to serve 18 months in jail and carry his victim’s photo for six years.

Judge Ronald Silkworth…

Ethics case alleging disrespectful conduct by top Baltimore judge is dismissed after his resignation

Maryland’s top court has dismissed a misconduct case alleging Baltimore’s former chief judge made “undignified, condescending and unprofessional” comments in trial interactions with a public defender.

The Maryland Court of…

Putting crime scene DNA analysis on trial

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it is launching a new study of certain types of DNA analysis used in criminal prosecutions. These methods,…

Jeff’s Law
A special preview from the October issue: The attorney general sees his role as pushing present-day law enforcement toward a rose-colored past.
Ex-con and Yale Law grad must prove ‘good moral character’ before being able to practice

A former convict who has graduated from Yale Law School and is an acclaimed author and poet now must prove his “good moral character” to Connecticut officials before he can…

Baltimore prosecutors drop dozens of cases after video appears to show cop planting evidence
Prosecutors in Baltimore have dropped dozens of cases that rely on testimony by police officers who appear to be planting evidence in a video.

Prosecutors had dropped 41 cases as of Tuesday evening, while 55 others remained under review, report the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)
State goes high-tech to recruit pro bono attorneys
A virtual reality training series are designed to demystify the courtroom experience and entice newer or courtroom-shy attorneys.

10 Questions: Judge and former NFL player Dwayne Woodruff
Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff, a former professional football player—and Super Bowl champion—Woodruff went to law school full-time while he played defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, after more than a decade on the court bench, Woodruff is running for a seat on the state supreme court.
Paying for Free Speech: Proposed laws would regulate public protests
“We are certainly seeing an upsurge in social activism, from protesting in the streets and at airports to a huge increase in people contacting government representatives, attending town hall meetings and using social media to organize,” says Traci Yoder, director of education and research for the National Lawyers Guild in New York City. As a result, legislators in nearly 20 states have responded with a flurry of bills that increase penalties for protesters, ban the wearing of masks, charge for police protection and even immunize drivers who hit protesters with their cars.

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