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Baltimore police officers indicted in Freddie Gray death
May 22, 2015
The State's Attorney for Baltimore City on Thursday announced the indictment of six police officers on charges including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges earlier in May upon....... [more]

Supreme Court rules against Maryland personal income tax scheme
May 18, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Comptroller v. Wynne that Maryland's personal income tax scheme violates the dormant Commerce Clause. The question before the court was whether the US Constitution prohibits a state from taxing all the income of its residents—wherever earned—by m....... [more]

US Attorney General announces investigation into Baltimore police
May 9, 2015
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday announced the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said, would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as excessiv....... [more]

Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray death
May 1, 2015
The State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Friday charged six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges almost immediately upon receiving t....... [more]

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas
April 30, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of....... [more]

Amnesty: Baltimore police must use restraint with protesters
April 28, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in polic....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers approve 3-year fracking moratorium
March 25, 2015
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland Departm....... [more]

Rights groups challenge NSA mass surveillance program
March 12, 2015
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil L....... [more]

Supreme Court to hear extortion and spousal guarantors cases
March 3, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Ocasio v US, two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of car accidents to take their automobiles to....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to reinstate case of man who went missing
February 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help of an attorney, Chen managed to get his case to the....... [more]

Why Collection of Arrestee DNA Violates the Fourth Amendment
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collectio....... [more]




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