Probation for the sex offender parent

Those individuals convicted of sexual offenses understandably face not only punishment which may include prison, but limitations on their freedoms if they are granted probation after release from inca…

Holding hosts responsible for drinking

The problem of consumption of alcohol by young people under the Maryland legal drinking age of 21 is well known. This week Maryland’s highest Court for the first time recognized, under certain circums…

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…

Local attorney beats Iran

The second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 9 that $1.75 billion in Iranian money should be given to the families of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine barrack in Beirut.
The court aff…

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…

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…

Support Creighton and Ryon

As previously discussed in this space, the four judges appointed to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County since the last general election will be on the ballot for the primary election on June 24.…

The case of the dying declaration

There is no more dramatic circumstance in  a criminal case, whether in the movies or in real life, than when  the victim who the killer believes has been dispatched manages to identify the m…