372 ABA Journal Maryland articles.

Supreme Court considers whether prisoner with dementia and no memory of his crime should be executed
The Supreme Court granted full review of Alabama death row prisoner Vernon Madison’s case. The issue is whether the Eighth Amendment and relevant court precedents permit a state to execute someone who whose mental disability leaves him without memory of his commission of the capital offense, and whether evolving standards of decency bar the execution of a prisoner whose competency has been compromised by vascular dementia and multiple strokes.
Yale Law’s Chua, Rubenfeld deny advising Kavanaugh clerk candidates to dress a certain way

Following recent articles from the Huffington Post and the Guardian reporting that Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld told women seeking clerkships with U.S. Supreme Court…

Maryland AG seeks tens of millions from fentanyl spray manufacturer

The Maryland attorney general’s office is seeking $20 million in civil penalties from an Arizona-based drugmaker for paying doctors to write prescriptions for a fentanyl spray meant to manage pain…

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.)

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