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…

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…

Criminal child neglect not easy to apply

 
Under Maryland law, criminal child neglect means “the intentional failure to provide necessary assistance and resources for the physical needs or mental health of a minor that creates a substan…

Conditional release of some defendants

It is in the news every time John Hinckley, who shot then President Ronald Reagan, is considered for release from confinement. Maryland has its own procedures for determining whether those found not g…

Another reason not to drink and drive

Driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol is not only illegal and very dangerous, but puts the driver at risk of arrest and serious legal consequences. This may include a search of the driver’s vehicl…

Explaining the Freddie Gray case

The ongoing story of the prosecutions of police officers in Baltimore arising from the death in custody of Freddie Gray includes a ruling, which is being followed in the current trial of a second offi…