ABA Journal

Maryland

413 ABA Journal Maryland articles.

Jury of Peers Has Impact in Md. Teen Court

Most of the jurors who decide punishments in a teen court in Montgomery County, Md., do as well as adults, says the judge who oversees the program.

Terrence McGann told…

Sea Change in Legal Secretary Job Duties

A sea change from the way law practice was conducted when senior lawyers learned the ropes means that the traditional job of legal secretary will, within the foreseeable future, be…

Court Notes Snipers’ ‘Reign of Terror,’ Calls Appeal Ironic

A Maryland appeals court has upheld the conviction of John Allen Muhammad, convicted of six sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area, in a biting opinion that said his claims…

Inmates See Tragedy of Power Grab in Dramatic Form

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company chose the murder tragedy Macbeth for its debut at a maximum security penitentiary in Maryland.

The actors had to substitute wooden swords for the stainless steel…

Church on Trial for ‘Thank God For Dead Soldiers’ Funeral Protest

The father of a marine killed in Iraq is seeking damages from a church that sponsored a protest at his son’s funeral in a federal trial now under way in…

Judge’s Joking Went Too Far

Updated: During his first four years on the bench, Baltimore County District Judge Bruce Lamdin tended to say what he thought. Some considered him a breath of fresh air, a…

Ballard Spahr Stumbles in Race to Court

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a law firm’s attempt to head off a gender discrimination complaint is premature.

Judge Gary DiVito ruled Sept. 24 that Ballard Spahr Andrews &…

MD Gay Marriage Ban Upheld

In a divided opinion, Maryland’s highest court has upheld a 1973 law that bans gay marriage.

The 4-3 Court of Appeals decision (PDF) said the law does not…

Would-Be George Wallace Assassin Will Be Released

After 35 years in prison, the man who shot Alabama Gov. George Wallace during his 1972 presidential campaign is about to be released.

Maryland prison authorities say that Arthur Herman…

Interpreter Delay Spurs Dismissal

Prosecutors are appealing a Maryland judge’s decision to dismiss rape charges against a Liberian immigrant because of delays in finding an interpreter.

Judge Katherine Savage of Rockville dismissed the case…

Maryland Police Target Pimps, Treat Prostitutes as Victims

In a cutting-edge approach to law enforcement that reflects growing concern about human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad, at least one American police force has radically changed the way…