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  • 1986 marriage-fraud law is too flawed to stand, attorney says

    With weighty questions about the legality of certain marriages consuming national attention-specifically, the U.S. Supreme Court's current consideration of gay-marriage issues-another legal question about marriage recently arose in Maryland federal court:...
  • The ruling is a huge setback for state government plans to turn its 20 acres of aging office buildings into a modern mixed-use development under a public-private partnership.

    The $1.5 billion State Center deal is subject to state procurement laws and needs to be properly bid, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Althea M. Handy has ruled. "The Court finds, and the Defendants admit, that Defendants did not comply with the...
  • Maryland crack-cocaine convicts set free under federal sentencing reform

    More than 900 people serving federal prison time for crack-cocaine crimes committed in Maryland are eligible for reduced sentences under federal reforms that went into effect Nov. 1, according to an Oct. 31 letter sent to U.S. District judges by...
  • Inside the Crusade to Kill Maryland's New Marriage-Equality Law

    Maryland holds a special place in the legal history of same-sex marriage in America. In 1973, Maryland lawmakers reacted to marriage attempts by same-sex couples by enacting the nation's first state law defining marriage as occurring between one man and...
  • Despite multiple drug arrests, suburban mom gets time served for selling AK-style machine gun

    Maryland U.S. District judge Richard Bennett on Aug. 27 gave a 32-year-old suburban Baltimore mother, who pleaded guilty to machine-gun possession, a chance to rehabilitate her drug-addled life without going to federal prison. Bennett sentenced Jennifer...
  • Maryland prison guard indicted for immigration fraud

    A Cameroonian citizen who federal authorities say fraudulently became a lawful permanent resident of the United States-and allegedly lied repeatedly while attempting to become a naturalized U.S. citizen-has been working as a Maryland correctional...
  • William Bond's crusade against Maryland's legal establishment just won't die

    For more than a decade, William Bond has pursued a labyrinthine course of litigation aimed at rooting out what he sees as pervasive injustice and corruption among major players in Maryland's legal system. His belief in the crookedness of Maryland's...
  • Election 101

    Questions 1 and 2: Orphan's Court judges qualifications Question 1 requires that judges of the Prince George's County Orphan's Court-which handles probate and guardianship matters-be attorneys and members of the Maryland bar in good standing. Question 2...
  • Little Italy bocce figure cops to fraud

    Salvatore Petti, a 76-year-old Ellicott City resident who has been at the center of a still-simmering dispute involving the bocce courts in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood ("Bocce Brawl," Feature, June 22, 2011), on Dec. 10 pleaded guilty in U.S....
  • Gruesome murder case highlights violence in the pot trade

    Peter Blake shouldn’t have been in the United States on the evening of Dec. 16, 2009, much less at an apartment on Daybrook Circle, near White Marsh Mall in Baltimore County. Blake, now 54, had been deported back to Jamaica, his homeland, in 2004,...
  • Public hearing on license transfer scheduled for Aug. 2

    The prospective new owners of the shuttered Sonar nightclub downtown are scheduled for an Aug. 2 public hearing before the Baltimore City Liquor License Board, which will consider whether to transfer the club's license from its current owners, led by...
  • Armistead Gardens Outlaws Pit Bull Mixes

    The Aug. 23 letter to residents of Armistead Gardens was unequivocal: Get rid of your pit bulls and pit bull mixes immediately or "the board may take legal action, including termination." Pit bull-rights activists had been predicting letters like this...