Juvenile Reverse Waiver

Under Maryland law, the Circuit Court for certain crimes has jurisdiction over criminal cases involving minors between the ages of 14 and 18. However, in such cases the defendant frequently requests w…

Immunizing a CINA Child

The recent measles outbreak in several states has highlighted issues confronted by the courts in balancing parents who object to immunization of their children with public health. Maryland’s Court of …

Police shootings and gross negligence

There have unfortunately been many instances of police shootings in recent years, some of which have led to civil suits against the police. One example of how Maryland law addresses such cases is a re…

Contending with the race problem

Race continues to be an issue that the Courts must contend with. There is some research that suggests that persons of one race may have more difficulty in identifying persons of a race other than thei…

The new shotgun approach to laws

In 2013, the Maryland legislature amended a previous statute to include a prohibition against an individual previously convicted of certain disqualifying crimes from possessing a shotgun. A number of …

Consider a case of reasonable force

There has been much publicity in recent years about shootings by police officers.  The law tries to balance the difficult job of an officer, often in the heat of the moment, with the laws that pr…