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Supreme Court Decision Is (Probably) Good News for Gun Control in Maryland

Photo via Wikipedia
Photo via Wikipedia

Maryland has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a ban on assault weapons.

Ex-Baltimore Cop Loses Supreme Court Case

Ocasio v. U.S. by Art Lien
Ocasio v. U.S. by Art Lien

Three years ago, a federal jury found former Baltimore City police officer Samuel Ocasio guilty of conspiracy and extortion for his role in an extensive kickback scheme involving police corruption, bribery, and a shady auto repair shop.

Scalia-less Supreme Court OKs Chesapeake Bay Clean Up



There’s a reason there are supposed to be an odd number of judges serving on the Supreme Court.

Hogan: 55K Md. Taxpayers Could Get Refund From SCOTUS Ruling


Supreme_Court_US_2010It’s not late spring, but tax refund checks could soon start flowing in Maryland.

The Link Between SCOTUS’ EPA Mercury Ruling and Baltimore’s Air Quality

Supreme Court ruled that EPA's didn't take cost to power plants early enough when deciding to limit mercury emissions.
Supreme Court ruled that EPA didn’t take cost to power plants when deciding to limit mercury emissions.

Our busy Supreme Court handed down another monumental ruling this week kicking back the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first stab at reducing coal-fired electricity mercury pollution.

This SCOTUS ruling may seem wonky, even a little boring, but setting ‘acceptable’ levels of pollution (isn’t that an oxymoron?) is critical for health, and also for our climate. It’s also interesting to understand how big federal emissions regulations play out locally in Charm City’s own coal-fired power plants, and the air you and your family breathe.

Maryland Taxed Too Much, Supreme Court Says



Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Maryland law that caused some people to effectively pay taxes twice. And now it looks like the state might owe a bunch of people some money.

That Time a Supreme Court Justice Had Jury Duty in Maryland



Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts showed up in a Maryland courtroom… but not necessarily in the capacity you might expect.

Baltimore Archbishop Tries, Fails to Ruin Joy Over Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision


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Thanks to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling invalidating the federal Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples who are married are one step closer to receiving federal benefits. And since Maryland legalized same-sex marriage last November, this state’s celebrations were especially sweet. But that didn’t stop Baltimore Archbishop William Lori from raining on the parade.

Are Human Genes Patentable? Student Recounts Arguments



Baltimore Fishbowl student intern Ethan Park had the privilege last week to hear attorneys argue the case over gene patents before the United States Supreme Court.

Recently, in the landmark case AMP v. Myriad Genetics, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have endeavored to resolve the question: Are human genes patentable?

Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Myriad Genetics’ patents directed to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, whose variants are associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, are patentable subject matter.

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) appealed to the Supreme Court, oral arguments were made just over a week ago before a packed courtroom, and a verdict is expected in June or July.

Patents expire 20 years from the filing date, and patent protection for the BRCA genes has given Myriad a monopoly over BRCA testing procedures, which brings in millions of dollars annually for the company.  Myriad also has the right to deny competitors or individuals from further researching or producing the genes without their consent.