Tag: maryland court of appeals

State’s Top Court Reopens Briefly Halted Marijuana-Grower Licensing Process


Marijuana-grower licensing can resume in Maryland after a two-week delay.

Maryland’s Top Court Rules Judges Can’t Detain Defendants on Unaffordable Bail


Maryland court officers can no longer order that defendants be held ahead of trial on bail that they cannot afford, the state’s top court ruled yesterday.

Committee Overwhelmingly Recommends Change to Cash Bail System



A court rules committee on Friday voted 18-5 to recommend an overhaul of the state’s cash bail system that would keep judges from jailing poor defendants who can’t afford bail before trial. The issue now heads to the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Profanity on Vanity License Plates Isn’t a Constitutional Right, Says Maryland High Court

Not profane
Not profane

Maryland’s highest court ruled last week that an Accokeek man was rightly denied the freedom to swear on his license plate.

Should Maryland Bars Be Liable for Drunken-Driving Accidents?


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As a bar, how responsible are you for the drunken actions of the patrons you serve? That’s being considered by the Maryland Court of Appeals as it hears a case of a car crash on I-270 that occurred in 2008. A ten-year-old girl died, and her family sustained injuries, after a drunken driver rear-ended them at a speed up to 98 mph.

Is the Maryland Death Penalty Only for Treason?


With a renewed struggle over the death penalty looming in the General Assembly, one public defender is arguing that capital punishment in Maryland is only for treason anyway. Brian Saccenti, representing a man convicted of a 1997 murder has offered the Court of Appeals the argument that Maryland’s constitution provides for capital punishment only for “crimes that threaten the stability of the state government.”

What You Can Do Today to Help Maryland Pitbulls



The Maryland General Assembly has appointed a task force to study the recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision that all pit bull-type dogs are inherently dangerous, but unfortunately, this task force is divided in its views about how best to address this situation. It is critical that they work toward a compromise before the legislature reconvenes in January.

Please make a brief, polite phone call today to Senate President Mike Miller at 410-841-3700 and Speaker Mike Busch at 410-841-3800 and urge them to find a compromise. Then, send a follow-up message.

Thank you for all you do for animals in Maryland and beyond,
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, Humane Society of the United States

The Governor Now a Defendant in Amended Pit Bull Lawsuit



Armistead Gardens

Talk about putting the system on trial. The attorney for Joseph Weigel, the plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” and Armistead Gardens’ consequent ban of the breed among its tenants, has just expanded the suit to include Gov. Martin O’Malley, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, and the Court of Appeals itself as defendants.

Pit Bull Ruling Challenged in Court, Meanwhile What Are We Actually Going to Do About Dog Attacks?


The notorious — at least around these parts –Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that determined purebred pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous,” and which in effect held pit owners and their landlords strictly liable for bites, is being challenged in federal court by Joseph Weigel, a resident at the low-income housing development Armistead Gardens, who — along with his fellow residents — was told to ditch his pit bull or face eviction. Weigel’s lawyer sees the ruling as an unconstitutional encroachment on his client’s property rights, as it forces him to choose between his home and his dog.