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Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray death
May 1, 2015
The State’s Attorney for Baltimore City on Friday charged six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges almost immediately upon receiving t....... [more]

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas
April 30, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment... Increasingly, US death penalty states are no longer content to have just one method of execution on the books. Instead, with a persistent shortage of....... [more]

Amnesty: Baltimore police must use restraint with protesters
April 28, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in polic....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers approve 3-year fracking moratorium
March 25, 2015
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland Departm....... [more]

Rights groups challenge NSA mass surveillance program
March 12, 2015
Rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Maryland against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that one of the NSA's mass surveillance programs violates privacy rights and threatens free communication. The plaintiffs, including the American Civil L....... [more]

Supreme Court to hear extortion and spousal guarantors cases
March 3, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Ocasio v US, two brothers owned an auto repair shop near Baltimore. Over many years, the brothers entered into a kickback scheme with Baltimore police officers to encourage the victims of car accidents to take their automobiles to....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to reinstate case of man who went missing
February 23, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate the appeal of Bobby Chen in his legal dispute with the city of Baltimore. Chen has been fighting city officials for years on a claim that the city illegally demolished his house. Without the help of an attorney, Chen managed to get his case to the....... [more]

Why Collection of Arrestee DNA Violates the Fourth Amendment
February 18, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Christen Giannaros, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the twelfth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Giannaros discusses the Fourth Amendment rights violations implicit in DNA collectio....... [more]

Post-Windsor Decisions in the Federal Courts
February 7, 2015
In the wake of Windsor, there has been a series of challenges to various states' statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. When Windsor was decided, same-sex marriage had been legalized in only 12 states and the District of Columbia. Many of these states had passed legislation legali....... [more]

Two men charged in US in Gambia coup attempt
January 5, 2015
Two men have been charged in the US with conspiring to help overthrow the government of The Gambia. According to the complaint, Cherno Njie and Papa Faal traveled last month from the US to The Gambia to participate in a coup attempt while Gambian President Yahya Jammeh was away. The men later return....... [more]

California DNA collection law struck down
December 5, 2014
California's First District Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down a California law which requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony. The case had been remanded from the California Supreme Court with orders to affirm the law due to the decision rendere....... [more]




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