Who is in the picture?

It is becoming more and more common for buildings such as businesses to have surveillance cameras, and the police commonly search for and obtain surveillance video in an effort to identify suspects. E…

What is Excessive Force by Police?

All too often we hear about claims that police have used deadly force when it was unnecessary, but courts are also called upon to assess the use of less deadly force by officers in dealing with the pu…

Foreseeability of the crowd

Suits for injuries at public events, even celebrations like a Super Bowl victory, can occur where persons who attend are injured. Whether such a suit can go forward to trial was explored in a recent r…

Mandatory Minimum Sentence Statutes

There has been much public debate about laws, particularly in the federal system, that mandate heavy mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug offenses. However, such statutes are also on th…

The ‘I Don’t Know’ Response

In criminal prosecutions the police focus much of their efforts on obtaining physical evidence to link a suspect to the crime. We have all seen fictional portrayals of the police interview where they …

Challenging the Tax Man

The Maryland Tax Court hears appeals from decisions of State or local tax authorities, including decisions of the Comptroller of Maryland. Once appeals are made to the Circuit Court, they may end up i…

Putting the Driver Behind the Wheel

It is all too common for police officers to pull over vehicles they see weaving down the road, to find that the operator of the vehicle is intoxicated. A necessary component of obtaining a conviction …