Court Report


Rambling down the Potomac

Maryland and Virginia have been neighbors for over two centuries, and you would think that they long ago settled what were the actual boundaries between the two states.…

Heroin quacks like a proverb

The crime of possession of illegal narcotics with intent to distribute is a felony that in Maryland may be punishable by up to twenty years in prison, far more than simple misdemeanor possession.…

Musings on a local drug kingpin

Maryland’s Criminal Law Article includes among the laws criminalizing possession and sale of illegal drugs a “drug kingpin” statute.  The  law defines a “drug kingpin” as an “organizer, supe…

Don’t try to cut a deal with police

It is not unusual when watching police dramas to see a suspect in the interview room talking about cutting a plea deal. In the real world, plea negotiations can only happen when a defendant is communi…

Out of state tickets still count

Many people who hold a Maryland driver’s license may think that if they get a speeding ticket while driving in another state, they can just pay the fine and not worry about the violation affecting the…

Cell phones and the Fourth

It is rare that a case is reported from today’s Supreme Court that is a unanimous decision. However, the opinion last month in Riley v. California shows how the Court is willing to extend Fourth Amend…

The right to confront DNA expert

Under the 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Article 21 of the Maryland Declaration of Rights, a person charged with a crime has the right to confront the witnesses against him. In this day a…

Oh, jurors just want to go home

Although serving on a jury is one of most important functions a citizen can perform in this country, there is a reason it is commonly referred to as jury duty. Having to serve as a juror, particularly…

Sex offenders and The Constitution

Maryland law since 1995 has provided that persons convicted of certain sex offenses must register with at State Sex Offender Registry. The federal Sex Offender Registration & Notification Act led …

Pondering help for the indigent

There is plenty of negative publicity about lawyers, not to mention the jokes that are frequent in entertainment circles. Those of us who represent clients and realize the important services that lawy…