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17 Jan 2017

New Smoke Alarm Law Reminder

  A new state law aimed at reducing home fire deaths went into effect on July 1, 2013.  It requires replacement of any battery-only operated smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old with a unit powered by a 10-year sealed-in battery having a “Hush” button feature – ultimately affecting more than 800,000 Maryland […]

16 Dec 2016

Tough Drunk-Driving Law Takes Effect in Maryland

A tough drunk-driving law that took effect in Maryland today requires those convicted of DUI to use in-vehicle breathalyzers. Under the state’s Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016, anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol is required to have an ignition interlock installed in his or her vehicle. The device prevents a vehicle […]

24 Oct 2016

Time For A New Pleading Standard In Criminal Cases

On the one hand, trading on the basis of all obtainable information is what savvy financial managers (like the person managing your retirement account) are supposed to do. On the other hand, trading on the basis of material, nonpublic information can open the door to a federal subpoena, a grand jury indictment, and potentially a […]

03 Oct 2016

20 Years Ago Today, This Terrible Law Set the Foundation for Mass Detention and Deportation

From job applications to the voting booth, we live in a society that treats criminal convictions as a stigma that never fades. Yes, we have seen some positive shifts in attitudes around criminal justice reform: Bill and Hillary Clinton now repudiate the “tough on crime” laws they supported (and in Bill’s case, signed) in the […]

19 Sep 2016

More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

The U.S. government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants who had pending deportation orders from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday. The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birth […]

26 Jul 2016

NY, Massachusetts, Maryland sue VW over emissions cheating

New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers and violated state environmental laws by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing. The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that Volkswagen and its affiliates sold […]

22 Jul 2016

200 imprisoned based on illegal cellphone tracking, review finds

Lawyers in Baltimore have identified as many as 200 people who were sent to prison based on evidence police gathered with the help of a powerful cellphone tracking tool that a state court has now ruled was used illegally. The ruling, issued Wednesday by Maryland’s second-highest court, said Baltimore police violated the Constitution when they […]

22 Jul 2016

Voices: Guns are why my family left the U.S.

I didn’t think I would ever experience feelings like I did on the morning we left Ireland last summer. My wife clutched our 6-week-old son as I loaded our unending procession of suitcases onto the belt at Dublin airport. I could feel the sweat on my brand new shirt, but not from exertion. This was […]

05 Jul 2016

Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That’s the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States—a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system. The Court should squarely hold that the government cannot “freeze” legitimate […]

05 Jul 2016

Ways Social Media Impacts Law

Social media, broadly defined, is having a powerful impact in the U.S. legal environment. Additionally, as social media crosses national boundaries, global legal concerns, not addressed in this brief comment, must be considered in practice. The following limited and incomplete points illustrate how one must exercise care in the social media legal world. Most individuals […]

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