Judge orders mental evaluation remain private in criminal phase of Capital Gazette trial

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken ruled during a Friday motions hearing that attorneys in the Capital Gazette shooting trial are not to discuss the findings of the defendant’s mental health evaluation during the guilt or innocence phase of proceedings.

Supreme Court to hear Maryland gerrymandering case on Wednesday

It’s been years in coming and tomorrow, Maryland’s gerrymandering case that’s been making its way through the courts, ends up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Congressional lines were re-drawn between 2010 and 2011 by state legislative leaders–all Democrats. Soon after some residents of the state’s Sixth Congressional District filed suit. Opponents claimed that the congressional lines had been gerrymandered by the Democrats, violating their First Amendment rights and reducing the chances for a Republican to be elected from that district.

Bill that would revive cash bail draws ire

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — About 100 people rallied on Tuesday, with the support of Maryland legislators, against a Senate bill that, they said, would walk back a ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals regarding bail reform.

Bail reform supporters take their fight to the steps of the Maryland State House

arlier in the year, the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously voted to change the standard used to determine if an individual should be required to pay a cash bail. Supporters of bail reform rallied Tuesday in Annapolis, saying Senate Bill 983 would undermine the Court of Appeals ruling.

Maryland’s highest court hears free speech case regarding Spanish-language license plate

The Maryland Court of Appeals is considering whether the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration acted unconstitutionally in recalling vanity license plates sporting a Spanish scatological word.

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