Obtaining public information from police

Members of the public seeking access to government records, even in this era of reported leaks of documents, is most commonly obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act or the Maryland eq…

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…

Defamation and the Burden of Proof

 

Claims for damages for making false and defamatory statements have been the subject of much publicity recently. Such cases often involve public figures, and the requirement that to overcome Fi…

Murder for hire and battered spouses

Maryland has a statute that permits the introduction of evidence in a criminal case that at the time of committing crimes including murder or manslaughter the defendant was suffering from battered spo…

Limits on the social hosts liabilities

As previously discussed in this space, Maryland’s highest Court in a recent opinion called Kiriakos v. Phillips recognized that adults who violate a criminal statute that prohibits knowingly allowing …

The tie goes to the “One” parent

 

Most judges will say that child custody decisions in divorce cases are among the thorniest problems with which they must deal. Maryland’s Court of Appeals in a 1986 opinion approved the concep…