Hedges and Neighbors

There is an old saying that “good fences make good neighbors.” However, it is not unheard of that what starts out as a dispute between neighbors over borders of property can end up in litigation. This…

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 …

The Traffic Checkpoint

It is well known that for many years the police have at times utilized traffic checkpoints, for example to look for intoxicated drivers. What exactly constitutes a traffic checkpoint for purposes of a…

The right to fire your lawyer

There is an old saying that a person who represents himself or herself in court has a fool for a client. The Maryland Rules provide procedures to protect individuals charged in criminal cases from foo…

Vouching for a Witness

Trial attorneys have to decide whether to object to arguments presented by the opposing attorney in closing arguments to a jury, or balance whether they think an argument is legally improper with high…

The widow with unclean hands

Under the law in Maryland (and most other states), a surviving spouse in lieu of any assets left to them in the decedent’s will may elect to take a “statutory share” of their late spouse’s estate, whi…

Expert not needed on credibility

There have been a number of television series and movies that focus on the trial process and the use of experts.  Whether an expert can be called to testify as to how witnesses remember and perceive e…

Baltimore food truck law upheld

It is common in cities today to see food trucks parked on the street that sell a variety of types of food. Such mobile food vendors are licensed and regulated. Baltimore has an ordinance that limits p…