Judges

Despite Significant Support, Bill on Parental Rights After Rape May Stall

A bill that would terminate rapists’ parental rights may be blocked for the seventh time despite a sizable showing of bipartisan support from a majority of lawmakers in both state chambers.

Justice Scalia’s Death Leaves a Void in the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past weekend has thrown the Supreme Court into a state of flux. Mark Graber explains some of the political and legal ramifications of Scalia’s passing.

Maryland Court of Appeals hearing for Freddie Gray Defendants

Attorneys for the state presented arguments to the state’s highest court about why Baltimore City Police Officer William Porter should be forced to testify against his fellow officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Expungement Legislation Would Remove Barriers to Employment, Reentry, Supporters Say

A Baltimore woman says she can’t find a job because she served time in prison. A set of Maryland legislation would work to change that.

Bill Would Increase Marriage Age in Maryland

Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary is pushing legislation to increase the minimum marriage age to 18 in Maryland.

Serial’s Syed Hearing Ends, Judge’s Final Decision Unknown

Sixteen years after being convicted, the subject of the popular podcast is granted a post-conviction hearing in hopes of getting a new trial.

Youths From State Juvenile Facilities Participate In Contest At The Maryland Court Of Appeals

The Maryland Judiciary hosts an Oratorical Contest featuring juveniles from Department of Juvenile Justice facilities around the state.

COURT KIDS: Anne Arundel County students visit District Court

More than 100 middle and high school students from Anne Arundel County spent a day in District Court learning about the judicial system and the risks of driving while impaired.

DNA Evidence Brings Hope, Truth – But Only If Tested; Some Maryland Jurisdictions Slow to Report Findings

DNA evidence can free a man from death row, but some local law enforcement agencies aren’t following state rules on DNA evidence reporting.

Maryland Senate Considers Upping Award Limit in Cases Against Local Government

Critics Say Higher Liability Would Hurt Public Services