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420 ABA Journal Maryland articles.

Family of Henrietta Lacks sues for nonconsensual use of her tissue sample and cell line

The estate of Henrietta Lacks has filed a lawsuit alleging that a biotechnology company is profiting from the unauthorized use of living tissue taken from the Black woman without her consent or knowledge in a 1951 operation for her cervical cancer.

Judge accused of eating evidence apparently kills himself before FBI agents enter home for arrest

A Maryland judge facing a federal charge of child exploitation apparently killed himself before FBI agents entered his home to arrest him Friday.

Ban on topless women doesn’t violate equal protection clause, 4th Circuit says; concurrence questions precedent

A ban on women going topless in public in Ocean City, Maryland, doesn’t violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has ruled.

Biden’s initial US attorney picks include historic firsts

President Joe Biden and his administration on Monday nominated eight lawyers to lead U.S. attorney’s offices, most of whom would be the first Black or female prosecutors to lead their districts.

Afternoon Briefs: Cravath tops this ranking; 2 court victories for transgender youths

Cravath tops Vault rankings

Vault has named its most prestigious law firms in America, based on a survey of associates at peer firms. The top five in the 2022 Vault…

4th Circuit dismisses Baltimore attorney’s suit against SPLC over ties to white supremacist group

Southern Poverty Law Center articles that publicized a Baltimore attorney’s connection to a white supremacist group are protected under the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Judge rules for grandma on home confinement after arrest for not answering calls during computer class

A federal judge in Maryland has granted compassionate release to a 76-year-old grandmother on home confinement who was arrested for failing to answer calls from officials during a computer word-processing class.

Spy plane surveillance violates Fourth Amendment, en banc appeals court rules

An en banc federal appeals court ruled 8-7 on Thursday that a warrantless aerial surveillance program run by the Baltimore Police Department violated the Fourth Amendment.

Lawyer seeks new trial based on alleged cybersecurity flaws in phone-cracking product

A Maryland defense lawyer is seeking a new trial for his client after a blog post claimed that a product used by police to extract cellphone data has cybersecurity flaws.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge irked by ‘60 Minutes’ interview; Caesars sues insurers for pandemic losses

Federal judge warns of trying Capitol riot case in media

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia on Tuesday warned prosecutors about trying a U.S. Capitol riot…

6 tips from infectious disease experts for in-person court proceedings

As the pandemic began to rage across America last spring, U.S. District of Maryland Chief Judge James K. Bredar puzzled over how to mount in-person hearings. The judge quickly realized he needed the help of a public health expert. He turned to epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan M. Zenilman.

Woman who met lawyer on social media is accused in his killing; one other suspect is also charged

Police have arrested two people in the killing of a lawyer in his home above his law office in Laurel, Maryland. One of them is a woman he met on social media and invited into his home, police say.

Police investigate homicide of lawyer, a ‘statutory wizard’ who lived above his law office

Police in Laurel, Maryland, are investigating the homicide of a lawyer who was said to be so devoted to his work that he lived in an apartment above his law office on Main Street.

Supreme Court orders dismissal of emoluments cases against Trump as moot

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the dismissal of two cases that contended that President Donald Trump was violating the emoluments clauses by accepting payments to his businesses by foreign governments and states.

Afternoon Briefs: Several states pause jury trials; suit accuses Texas AG of whistleblower retaliation

Several states stop jury trials

A surge in COVID-19 cases has led several states to suspend jury trials. They include New York, Maryland, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming. (The

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