Constitutional Law

Posted on Fri, 2014-07-11 16:13 by Hina Z. Hussain in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

 


On June 24, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that the No-Fly list was unconstitutional because the government does not provide Americans who are on the list any meaningful opportunity to contest their inclusion.

Posted on Fri, 2014-06-27 17:29 by Kara Fischer in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

 


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On Wednesday June 25, in a unanimous ruling the Supreme Court held that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. Courts have long allowed warrantless searches in connection with arrests, allowing officers to conduct a full search of the person being arrested as well as any property on or relatively near them at the time they are arrested.


Posted on Fri, 2014-05-30 15:02 by JGL Associate Attorney in Constitutional Law, Evidence, Maryland Law


On May 27, 2014, in State v. Hailes,the Maryland Court of Special Appeals made important rulings regarding several evidentiary issues. The Hailes court held that a “hard blink” can be a statement, that a “Dying Declaration” does not require actual imminent death, only a belief of imminent death, and that the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment does not suppress a dying declaration.[1]


Posted on Fri, 2014-01-31 20:43 by Jarrod S. Sharp in Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law


On November 19, 2013, the North Carolina Court of Appeals rejected the University of Maryland’s (“UM”) attempt to dismiss a lawsuit over the university’s planned migration from the Atlantic Coast Conference (“ACC”) to the Big Ten Conference later this year.[1]  In 2012, the ACC brought suit against UM in North Carolina state court seeking a declaratory judgment that a withdrawal payment provision in the ACC Constitution was a valid liquidated damages clause enforceable against the university.



You go to the mailbox one day and find a certified letter. Upon opening the letter, you discover that you’ve just been sued! Not only that, but the case is in a Federal Court in a state that you don’t live in and that you don’t have any connection to, or so you think.


Posted on Wed, 2013-09-25 19:17 by Kara Fischer in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

 


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Maryland Recognizes Constitutional Right to Counsel at Initial Appearance Hearings


Anyone who has ever watched an episode of “Law & Order” can tell you that as a criminal defendant, you have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you by the state.


Posted on Fri, 2013-09-20 19:48 by Veronica Nannis in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

 


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On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Bland v. Roberts that clicking the “Like” button on Facebook®[1] qualifies as constitutionally protected speech.[2] This ruling extended First Amendment protection to the “Like” button.


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