Court Report


The folly of fleeing an accident scene

Under Maryland law, a person involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident has the duty to stop and remain at the scene, to render aid to the victim, and to report the accident to the police. 
Maryland’s…

Congratulations to sitting judges

This week the Republican and Democratic voters of Montgomery County voted to elect to full fifteen year terms seven sitting judges previously appointed by the Governor as Associate Judges of the Circu…

The distinct odor of marijuana

The Maryland legislature has now decriminalized the possession of less than 10 ounces of marijuana. However, use of the odor of marijuana is still used by the police in making arrests, as was explored…

And now the right to a speedy trial

The 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution includes that in criminal cases a person accused “shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” How the courts go about deciding whether a person char…

State passes new domestic gun law

Among the new gun control measures passed by the Maryland Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2018 addressing guns owned or possessed by persons convicted of crimes of domestic violence. The new…

Self-defense requires fear of harm

In criminal cases involving violence, the defense of self-defense is often raised by a criminal defendant. In a reported opinion from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals called Donovan Bynes v. State,…

Maryland passes bump stock ban

Among the gun control issues raised by the tragic shooting in Las Vegas was a move to ban “bump stocks” which increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons. 
The Maryland Legislature, among seve…

Passing of a groundbreaking attorney

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, a early civil rights attorney who was the first African American lawyer admitted to the District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association, has passed away at the age of 104. Her li…

The new Maryland “Red Flag” gun law

Governor Hogan last month signed into law a new gun control measure known as a “red flag” law, joining Florida and several other states in the wake of the Parkland Florida school shooting. This law al…

When rape accusations are inadmissible

One of the issues that often arises in criminal prosecutions for sexual offenses is what if any evidence regarding the victim’s sexual history can be introduced in evidence. Maryland has a “rape shiel…