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Why we know so little about the bad cop at the center of the botched Houston drug raid

A couple of weeks ago, Grits raised numerous questions about a drug-raid-gone-bad in Houston that left four officers shot and two homeowners and two of their dogs dead. Police-union leadership blamed police-accountability activists for the episode, and the mayor and city council members backed them up.Now, it turns out the informant identified in the search warrant may not exist, and the narcotics officer in question has a lengthy disciplinary history, though much of it only documented in closed...
Tags: Texas, Maryland, Law, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, Brady, Legislature, Bryant, Sheriff s Office, Harris County, Texas Legislature, Bexar County, Court of Criminal Appeals


Traffic Lights, Signs and Controls: Ticket for Violating a One-Way Sign in a Parking Lot

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Maryland (but on Federal property). Earlier, I got a moving violation ticket for not following a one-way sign within a gas station parking lot. I did go the wrong way against a sign, but the signs were situated at a 90 degree angle to the path of driving, which means I couldn't see them at all until it was too late to turn away, nor did the pathway I was driving on have any signs signifying that it going to become one-way only. The small...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Traffic Lights, Signs and Controls: Do I Have a Decent Chance of Getting This Ticket Overturned in Court

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Maryland (but on Federal property). Earlier, I got a moving violation ticket for not following a one-way sign within a gas station parking lot. I did go the wrong way against a sign, but the signs were situated at a 90 degree angle to the path of driving, which means I couldn't see them at all until it was too late to turn away, nor did the pathway I was driving on have any signs signifying that it going to become one-way only. The small...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


February 13 roundup

Michigan’s Oakland County seizes rental property owned by elderly man over $8.41 unpaid tax bill plus $277 in fees and interest, sells property for $24,500, keeps all the surplus cash for itself. Constitutional? [Joe Barnett, Detroit News] Pruning obsolete laws: “Teaneck Council repeals more than a dozen old laws, including ban on cursing” [Megan Burrow, North Jersey Record, quoting Councilman and longtime friend of this site Keith Kaplan] “What does the Constitution have to say about natio...
Tags: Taxes, Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, North Dakota, New Jersey, Dui, Michigan, Baltimore, Bismarck, Oakland County, CALEB BROWN, MOCO, Property Law, BERWICK Pa, Gene Healy


Symposium: Clarity of the record should bring clarity of purpose

Justin Levitt is a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; he runs the website “All About Redistricting.” Partisan gerrymandering is back. There are two cases before the Supreme Court this term: a Democratic gerrymander in Maryland and a Republican gerrymander in North Carolina. The cases are different – and though neither is perfect, the basic problem of partisan political entrenchment is unlikely to be presented more cleanly. The evidentiary record in each case is firmly turned up to 11. ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, City, North Carolina, Kennedy, Cox, Gill, Riviera Beach, Anthony Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Tarheel, Justin Levitt, Larios


Traffic Accidents: What Are Your Legal Remedies when a Vehicle Crashes into Your House

My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Maryland. In Anne Arundel county, Maryland, on Monday (1/28/2019) like a would-be terrorist this driver crashes through a chain link fence, through a closed garage door, and into the lower level of my single-family home demolishing the bathroom and plowing through walls, doors, personal property and destroying everything else in his idiot path. He narrowly missed a 5-gallon can of gasoline. The destruction was so severe that the cou...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Accidents and Injuries, Anne Arundel County Maryland


Traffic Accidents: What Are Legal Remedies when Vehicle Crashes into House

My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Maryland. In Anne Arundel county, Maryland, on Monday (1/28/2019) like a would-be terrorist this driver crashes through a chain link fence, through a closed garage door, and into the lower level of my single-family home demolishing the bathroom and plowing through walls, doors, personal property and destroying everything else in his idiot path. He narrowly missed a 5-gallon can of gasoline. The destruction was so severe that the co...
Tags: Maryland, Law, House, Accidents and Injuries, Anne Arundel County Maryland


Symposium: Precedent dictates a win for the plaintiffs in this term’s partisan-gerrymandering cases

Guy-Uriel E. Charles is the Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Edward and Ellen Schwarzman Professor of Law at Duke Law School. Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer is Professor of Law and Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. In Lamone v. Benisek, a three-judge federal district court in Maryland concluded that Maryland Democrats intentionally moved 66,000 Republican voters out of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District in order to ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Green, Tennessee, North Carolina, Edward, Baker, White, Carr, Harvard Law School, Maryland Democrats, Sims, Reynolds


Symposium: Much ado about partisan gerrymandering

Kaylan L. Phillips serves as litigation counsel for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. For more than 30 years, the Supreme Court has struggled to articulate a standard for evaluating partisan-gerrymandering claims. The reason is simple: There is no workable standard. Redistricting is a quintessential lawmaking function, one that the Constitution reserves to the states. Court intervention should be reserved for the most egre...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Shelby County, Gill, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, North Carolina Democratic Party, Whitford, Public Interest Legal Foundation, Rucho, Benisek


Symposium: How to win the partisan gerrymandering cases

Daniel Tokaji is Associate Dean for Faculty and Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. No one said this would be easy. For decades, critics of partisan gerrymandering have been knocking on the U.S. Supreme Court’s door, seeking a ruling that extreme gerrymanders violate the U.S. Constitution. Even as the problem has worsened, the court has refused to open that door – though it hasn’t locked...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Williams, Wisconsin, Courts, Ohio, North Carolina, Kennedy, Anderson, Rhodes, Sonia Sotomayor, U S Supreme Court


Symposium: Why not continue the political struggle in partisan-gerrymandering cases?

Derek Muller is an associate professor of law at the Pepperdine University School of Law. “In a democratic society like ours, relief must come through an aroused popular conscience that sears the conscience of the people’s representatives.” So wrote Justice Felix Frankfurter in his dissenting opinion in Baker v. Carr in 1962. It was, of course, a dissent. A majority of the Supreme Court in short order reorganized state legislatures according to its own understanding of fair representation — that...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Arizona, Davis, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Baker, Carr, Democratic


Justices to tackle partisan gerrymandering … again: In Plain English

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census. The states then use the data from the census to draw new maps for their state legislatures and federal congressional districts. The maps often take politics into account – for example, to protect incumbents. But in March, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on whether state officials can go too far, so that they actually violate the Constitution, when they draw maps that favor one political party at another’s expense. And with the r...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Pennsylvania, United States, Wisconsin, Party, North Carolina, John Delaney, Charlotte, Raleigh, John Roberts, Roberts, Fayetteville


"I was surprised by how much interest there’s been from centrist politicians, who are desperate for a coherent narrative to defend centrist liberalism, cosmopolitanism, open society..."

"... from the threats both by populists and by the hard left. I think there is a hunger for a coherent worldview that isn’t just the status quo, the un-Trumpism. We can do better than that. We ought to use reason and science to enhance human well-being.... We can set up institutions that result in greater rationality than any of us is capable of individually, like peer review, like free speech, like a free press, like empirical testing — norms and institutions that make us collectively more rati...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Journalism, Harvard, Nyt, Venezuela, Rhetoric, Steven Pinker, Martin O'malley, Howard, El Sayed, Rationality, Ann Althouse, Ginni Thomas, the Althouse comments community, Ocasio Cortez


Court: Maryland law regulating newspapers and social media flunks First Amendment

Last year following the Russian Facebook scandal the Maryland legislature passed a bill regulating newspapers (!) and other online ad platforms. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign it, citing First Amendment concerns. Now a federal court has agreed and blocked the law’s enforcement as an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of the press. I at Cato. “Social media trickery is bad. Chipping away at First Amendment liberties to stop it is worse.” Tags: campaign regulation, First Amendmen...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Newspapers, First Amendment, Larry Hogan, Campaign Regulation


Court releases March calendar

The Supreme Court issued the argument calendar for its March sitting today. Over a six-day period from March 18 through March 27, the justices will hear oral argument in nine cases. Three of those cases are likely to be among the biggest cases of the term. On March 26, in Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, the justices will return to the topic of partisan gerrymandering – that is, the idea that state officials violate the Constitution when they draw district lines to favor one politica...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Virginia, United States, Federal Communications Commission, North Carolina, Flowers, Smith, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Mississippi Supreme Court, Wilkie


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Digital Marketing: Interview with Lawyer/Marketer Seth Price

Well maybe not everything, but I recently sat down with Seth Price for a wide-ranging conversation about digital marketing for law firms. Seth comes at this from the perspective of a lawyer who learned to market his own firm and then decided to apply that learning to other firms. Seth is a founder and managing partner of the law firm Price Benowitz, a personal injury and criminal defense firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. As managing partner, he learned the ins and out...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Seth, Heartland, Bob Ambrogi, Seth Price, Washington D C Virginia, Benowitz, Blu Shark Digital


Guns For Me, But Not For Thee

Fox News: Liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg bemoaned the lack of a private armed security force at Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater, due to the murder rate in Baltimore. The former mayor of New York City, who’s likely to run for president in 2020, has long been an advocate for gun control, but his comments on Tuesday raised eyebrows and accusations that his support of an armed private force on campus were at odds with his views on gun control. “When you have a city that has the murd...
Tags: Maryland, New York City, Bloomberg, Military, Gun Control, Baltimore, Michael Bloomberg, Statehouse, Annapolis, Brian Frosh, Johns Hopkins University, Michael Bloomberg On Gun Control, Baltimore Sun Bloomberg


Red-Flag Law Gun Confiscations In Maryland

The Washington Post: Maryland courts have seized guns from 148 people in the three months since the state enacted a law designed to take weapons from people who are danger to themselves or others. Four of the gun owners posed “significant threats” to schools, an official told state lawmakers Tuesday. Montgomery County Sheriff Darren M. Popkin (D), who has helped train police officers across the state about the “red-flag” law, said he could not provide details about the gun seizures — including ...
Tags: Maryland, Washington Post, Military, Gun Control, Popkin, House Judiciary Committee, Darren M Popkin


January 16 roundup

The two new heads of the judiciary committees in the Pennsylvania legislature are nonlawyers, and the legal community appears to be fine with that [Max Mitchell, Legal Intelligencer] Long after his downfall in one of the worst U.S. legal scandals in years, Stan Chesley was still listed as holding an honored position at a major charity until a reporter started calling [Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, I’m quoted; update (Chesley’s name removed)] National security restrictions form an important pa...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Copyright, Pennsylvania, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Baltimore, Mike Masnick, Clark, Carl Malamud, Chesley, Daubert, Free Trade


Non Sequiturs: 01.13.19

* A happy 200th birthday to Cravath, which celebrates its bicentennial in 2019 (and which has launched a sharp-looking, historically rich microsite for the occasion). [Cravath/200] * According to Dayvon Love, "the policy response from mainstream political institutions and the Democratic Leadership in Maryland to the issue of gun violence and homicide in the Black community is mired in racism." [Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle] * The current Term of the Supreme Court doesn't boast many blockbus...
Tags: Florida, Crime, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Copyright, Racism, United States, Intellectual Property, Government Shutdown, Shutdown, Capitol Records, Florida Supreme Court, Adam Feldman, Grady


Relist Watch Returns

John Elwood reviews the first relists of 2019. Happy New Year and welcome back! Most of D.C. started 2019 nice and slow, enjoying offices (and roads) made quiet by vacations, both planned and unexpected. But not the Supremes. They jumped in with both feet, when most of the lawyering class was still finishing off their fruit baskets. On January 4, the court gave plenary review to the Maryland and North Carolina political-gerrymandering cases and set them for expedited briefing so they could be ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Planned Parenthood, Kentucky, Virginia, New York City, Freedom, Alabama, Indiana, United States


Argument preview: Justices to consider constitutionality of residency requirements for liquor licenses

The Constitution’s 21st Amendment gives states the power to regulate the distribution of alcohol into and within a state, while a doctrine known as the dormant commerce clause (derived from the Constitution’s commerce clause) bars states from discriminating against interstate commerce. Next week the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a challenge to a Tennessee law that requires anyone who wants a retail license to sell alcohol in Tennessee to have lived there for at least two years. A fe...
Tags: Utah, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Tennessee, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Howe, U S Court of Appeals, Doug, Asheville North Carolina, David Trone, Alcoholic Beverage Commission


A “view” from the courtroom: Comity Central

This term of the court has had plenty of arguably boring cases on statutory interpretation, pre-emption and procedure. But every now and then a low-key case comes along that results in an argument amounting to a heady constitutional seminar. Today’s lone case for argument, Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, will be one of those. Seth P. Waxman for petitioner (Art Lien) When the court takes the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is again absent as she recuperates from her recent lu...
Tags: New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Georgia, United States, Hawaii, Social Security, Broadway, Nevada, University Of California Berkeley, Social Security Administration, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hall


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court kicks off the January argument session with oral arguments in two cases. The first is Merck Sharp & Dohme v. Albrecht, which raises questions about whether a state-law failure-to-warn claim is pre-empted by federal law regulating the safety and efficacy of prescription drugs. Elizabeth McCuskey previewed the case for this blog. Garion Liberti and Tayler Woelcke have a preview for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. The second case today is Obduskey v....
Tags: Texas, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Massachusetts, Bloomberg, Gop, Wyoming, North Carolina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Cornell, Trump, Round-up


Supreme Court to tackle partisan gerrymandering again

Less than six months after sidestepping a ruling on partisan gerrymandering, the justices announced this afternoon that they will once again wade into the thorny issue of when (if ever) state officials violate the Constitution by drawing district lines to favor one political party at another’s expense, this time in cases from North Carolina and Maryland. With the retirement last summer of Justice Anthony Kennedy and his replacement by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the more conservative court could be...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Pennsylvania, United States, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Antonin Scalia, Howe, William Rehnquist, Stephen Breyer, Gill, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy


Supreme Court grants cert on vagueness challenges to 924(c) provision in wake of Johnson and Dimaya

As detailed in this new order list, the US Supreme Court today granted certiorari in a number of new cases.  The cases involving Maryland and North Carolina partisan-gerrymandering are sure to get the most attention, but criminal law fans should be excited about the grant in US v. Davis, No. 18-431, in which the feds petitioned for review of this question: Whether the subsection-specific definition of “crime of violence” in 18 U.S.C. 924(c)(3)(B), which applies only in the limited context of a ...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Court, US, United States, Davis, Johnson, North Carolina, US supreme court, Douglas A Berman, Dimaya


Traffic Lights, Signs and Controls: Can You Be Required to Go to Court for a Red Light Ticket from a Different State

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New York. I was thinking about redlight Cameras today, I live in Suffolk County, close to Nassau County and we have a real problem with both of them here on Long Island. Studies over the years have shown these intersections have become more dangerous simply because some idiots now slam on their brakes as soon as they see a yellow t avoid a red light ticket. All of that is a discussion that has already been had. Here is what I am curiou...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Virginia, Nassau County, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Suffolk County


Red Light, How Can 3rd Party Out of State Company Make You Go to Court

My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New York. I was thinking about redlight Cameras today, I live in Suffolk County, close to Nassau County and we have a real problem with both of them here on Long Island. Studies over the years have shown these intersections have become more dangerous simply because some idiots now slam on their brakes as soon as they see a yellow t avoid a red light ticket. All of that is a discussion that has already been had. Here is what I am curiou...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Virginia, Nassau County, Moving Violations, Parking And Traffic Tickets, Suffolk County, State Company Make


December 26 roundup

“Elephant Habeas Case: Steven Wise’s Forum Shopping Apparently Fails” [Ted Folkman, Letters Blogatory, earlier here and here] Right now owners of gas stations in D.C. “need approval from the Gas Station Advisory Board (GSAB) to close. However, there’s one small problem. The GSAB hasn’t had members since 2008, so there’s no one to get approval from.” [Daniel Warwick, Greater Greater Washington] “Jones Act Reform Gaining Momentum” [Colin Grabow, Cato, earlier] “Serving Two (or More) Masters:...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, NYC, Washington, Uncategorized, Civil Service, Steven Wise, Baltimore, Adam White, City Journal, Washington D.c, Ted Folkman, Forum Shopping, Colin Grabow Cato, Gas Station Advisory Board GSAB


Justices release February argument calendar

The Supreme Court . The justices will hear eight hours of oral argument over five days, including in two of the highest-profile cases of the term so far, involving factfinding in the dispute over the decision to add a question about citizenship to the census and a challenge to the constitutionality of a cross on public land. The February sitting begins on February 19 with Department of Commerce v. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the census case. The case has its ro...
Tags: New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, United States, Commerce, Celtic, Va, Department Of Justice, Ross, Gray, Gore, American Legion, Trump



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