Here comes another parade of partisans

Courts often struggle in cases involving domestic violence with whether evidence of similar past conduct should be admitted. The Legislature in recent years has considered changes in the law to allow …

When does the victim becomes the accused?

Courts frequently are called upon in criminal cases to decide at what point a person is in custody or under arrest so that he is required to be read his “Miranda” rights and told of the right to remai…

Judges determine life without parole

When the Maryland General Assembly in 2013 abolished the death penalty, it amended certain statutes to accomplish that. This included a provision for the trial judge to hold a hearing, after appropria…

Balancing the social media fix

 
The Courts have made it clear that public employees do not give up all their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech when they make statements on matters in the public interest. However, those r…

Maryland need not honor Virginia

There has been much discussion about efforts taken in Virginia to restore the legal rights of convicted felons, including the right to vote as well as the right to possess firearms. Recently those rig…

Court of Appeals Adopts New Bail Rules

Last week Maryland’s Court of Appeals unanimously decided to adopt new rules to change the way bail is set when a person charged with a crime comes before a judicial officer. This follows extensive pu…

“Stop and frisk” has its limits

The authority of police officers to “stop and frisk” alleged suspects was established by the Supreme Court nearly 50 years ago in a case called Terry v. Ohio. The Supreme Court placed significant limi…