Tag: Court of Appeals

Getty in red earns bipartisan praise

Gov. Larry Hogan swore in his chief legislative officer, Joe Getty, to the Court of Appeals at the State House Monday, with a big heaping of bipartisan praise. Getty brings an unusual range of experience to Maryland’s highest court, having served as a Republican delegate and senator from Carroll County and chief legislative officer to both Hogan and Gov. Bob Ehrlich, in addition to his private law practice. He offers “an invaluable and unique perspective,” said Hogan.

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Chief judge recalls a court career that started with his arrest

Chief Judge Robert Bell’s first experience with the court system didn’t come during his studies at Harvard Law School nor when he opened his legal practice in 1969. Bell was introduced to the court system the hard way.

In his junior year at Dunbar High School, in 1960 the 17-year-old bell was arrested for involvement in a sit-in demonstration at a restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

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Miller in command: A ‘Dear John’ phone call and counting the days

No one doubts that this month’s special session of the General Assembly to expand gaming wouldn’t have happened without the insistence and persistence of Senate President Mike Miller, who’s been pushing slots and gambling for a decade.

A few loose ends from the session point out Miller’s command of the process and close attention to every stray vote.

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Gansler video predicts ultimate victory for same-sex marriage

Opponents of same-sex marriage are circulating a video of Attorney General Doug Gansler addressing a Equality Maryland event five months ago, suggesting that it “reveals great reason for suspicion regarding the referendum process” likely to occur if the law passes.In the video, Gansler says that even if the same-sex marriage law is enacted, and then voters reject it, new judges appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley will ultimately rule Maryland’s one man-one woman marriage law unconstitutional.

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Casa drops challenge to signatures in Dream Act referendum

Casa de Maryland, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to halt a state referendum on illegal immigrants receiving in-state college tuition, will no longer challenge the validity or number of petition signatures approved by the State Board of Elections.
Instead, it will focus solely on the argument that Dream Act legislation is an appropriations bill, thus disqualifying it from being subject to referendum.

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Lack of court opinion leaves legal limbo on immigrant tuition

A legal question that will be answered in a yet-to-be-written Court of Appeals decision means the question is still undecided. It was brought up by Casa de Maryland and several Marylanders in the lawsuit filed earlier this month challenging the planned referendum for a law that could grant illegal immigrants in-state tuition at state colleges.

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Legislators block out-of-state gay marriage ban

Without debate or discussion, the House Judiciary Committee killed a bill that would have invalidated in Maryland same-sex marriage performed in other states.

The vote was 12-8 to reject the legislation sponsored by Del. Emmett Burns, a Democratic Baltimore County minister. All six Republicans on the committee voted for the bill, joined by Democrats Gerron Levi, of Prince George’s County, and Kevin Kelly, of Allegany County.

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