Hogan moves Taney statue from outside statehouse

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Taney statueLast week, Gov. Larry Hogan decided to remove the statue that stands outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice infamous for the majority opinion he wrote in the Dred Scott decision.

“While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapters of our history,” Hogan said in a statement. “With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."


Prep says "Fascist Club" claims are false

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Reports claiming President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch founded a "Fascism Forever Club," at Georgetown Prep in Montgomery county is apparently in error.

“No such club ever existed on Georgetown Prep's campus,” Patrick Coyle, director of marketing and communications for Georgetown Prep said.

Though a picture of Gorsuch in the school’s yearbook with the claim of being the founder and the president of the club made its way around the Internet and on social media, several former students at Prep said it isn’t unusual for kids to put prank club affiliations in the school’s yearbook.


High Court's ruling felt in Montgomery County

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Though the ruling was only nine words long, a recent decision regarding immigration by the United States Supreme Court is being felt nation-wide including in Montgomery County.

“The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court,” the Supreme Court wrote in its opinion on U.S. v. Texas.

On June 23, the Supreme Court released its opinion after a 4-4 split on whether the immigration executive order signed by President Obama, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), was constitutional.

The Supreme Court’s tie on DAPA upholds a 2015 U.S. Circuit Court ruling that blocked the implementation of the plan.


Supreme Court reviews prisoner case

It is not often that the U.S. Supreme Court reviews Maryland’s procedures on claims, but last week the Supreme Court did issue an opinion regarding procedures under which inmates in the Maryland prisons can make claims against prison guards for alleged injuries. The case was brought by inmate Shaidon Blake against two corrections officers, and the opinion is called Michael Ross v. Shaidon Blake.


Marine's advocate defeats Iran on terrorism

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Dan GaskillDan Gaskill, who lost to John McCarthy for prosecutor in the last election, celebrates a larger victory over Iran this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

For 16 years, Dan Gaskill has kept photos of his fallen Marine Corps comrades in his office.

Though he didn’t serve with them, since 2000 he has represented many Marines whose lives were forever altered by an act of terrorism.

They are the victims of the 1983 Beirut Bombing and Gaskill has been part of the quest to punish Iran for its involvement in the planning of the attack.

On April 20 Gaskill finally completed his mission as the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-2 in Bank Markazi v. Peterson.


County staring at tax increase

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Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has recommended a tax increase to aid in paying back taxes due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of the Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland vs. Brian Wynne as well as to help in funding schools. 


Courts dealing with jurors and race


The United States Supreme Court in 1986 in a case called Batson v. Kentucky held that it was a violation of a potential juror’s right to equal protection of the law for a lawyer to strike that juror from sitting solely on the basis of the juror’s race. That holding was later expanded to bar striking jurors on the basis of gender. Courts have to deal with lawyers who raise a “Batson challenge” to how their opponent is exercising peremptory strikes of jurors. This is illustrated by a recent case from Maryland’s intermediate appellate court called Kevin Collini v. State.

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