Registration Open – First Amendment Audit Course

The Local Government Insurance Trust will offer a course titled, "First Amendment Audit - What You Need To Know," in College Park, MD. First Amendment audits are more and more common these days and typically involve individuals intending to film or take photos in public places. Understanding the rights  afforded and limits imposed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can bolster your teams ability to ensure an uneventful audit. Join LGIT for this…

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Kadish and Lambert Appointed to Baltimore City District Court

Governor Larry Hogan has appointed both Darren Kadish and Michele Lambert to the Baltimore City District Court. “It is my pleasure to appoint these distinguished individuals to serve on the Baltimore City District Court,” said Governor Hogan. “Both Darren and Michele will bring a depth of legal experience of knowledge to their roles” (press release). Darren Lee Kadish is a partner with his father at the firm Kadish and Kadish, P.C. He practices civil and criminal litigation, with a…

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$10 Billion More In Opioid Settlements from Walgreens and CVS

An agreement in principle was announced on Wednesday for CVS and Walgreens to pay $5B apiece to settle lawsuits nationwide, while a third pharmacy giant is still working towards a deal. These payments would bring the total value of all opioid related settlements up to more than $50 billion, with the majority of funds earmarked for state and local governments to continue the fight against opioid misuse in their communities. The agreements in principle represent…

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First Woman in State History Appointed to Worcester District Court

Several judicial appointments were made last week, including the first woman in state history to serve on the Worcester County District Court. Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Justin Gregory to the Garrett County Circuit Court, Marybeth Ayres to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, J. Bradford McCullough to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, and Cathi V. Coates to the Worcester County District Court—the first woman in state history to serve on that court. According to a Governor's press release, the bios of each appointee…

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Harford Honors Drug Court Participants with Symbol of Hope

The unveiling of a Graduation Tree at the Harford County Circuit Court strives to celebrate drug court graduates and inspire participation. Founded in June of 2019 and spearheaded by Judge Kevin J. Mahoney, the Harford County Circuit Court Drug Court has seen the graduation of 18 members since the program began.  Even with the suspension of in-person drug court activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants and program managers persevered. At the unveiling of the tree…

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Judicial Appointments for Anne Arundel, Charles, and Caroline County Courts

Governor Hogan has appointed Christine Celeste to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, Patrick J. Devine to the Charles County District Court, and Joseph A. Riley to the Caroline County District Court. “I am proud to appoint this group of distinguished individuals to fill roles across our state’s judicial system,” said Governor Hogan. “I am confident that Ms. Celeste, Mr. Devine, and Mr. Riley will bring valuable experience and knowledge to the bench and will…

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The Opioid Settlements: What is Opioid Remediation?

Through several opioid-related settlements, Maryland is set to receive hundreds of millions of dollars for "opioid remediation" - raising questions about what this term means and how this money is best spent. When nearly all of Maryland's counties signed on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning how settlement funds will be distributed, they agreed to conditions governing how those funds would be expended. Specifically, a qualifying county may spend its allocation toward "any [prospective] use…

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Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members
Carroll County Board of County Commissioners - courtesy of the Maryland Manual On-Line Left to right: Dennis E. Frazier, Stephen A. Wantz, Edward C. Rothstein, C. Richard Weaver, Christopher E. Bouchat.
Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members

On Tuesday, September 27th, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners confirmed five members to the county’s first-ever police accountability board (PAB). Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, counties must establish PABs, Administrative Charging Committees (ACCs), and trial boards. PABs will receive complaints of police misconduct, review police disciplinary trends, and work with local law enforcement to improve policing. ACCs will receive investigatory reports of police misconduct and determine levels of discipline, whereas trial boards will…

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Montgomery State’s Attorney Tours Schools, Warns of Ghost Guns

On Saturday, September 24th, Bethesda Magazine published a piece chronicling Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy's efforts to educate students on gun safety issues, focusing on ghost guns. The State's Attorney is visiting each of Montgomery County's 26 high schools to “educate [the county's] high school students about how to keep schools and students safe.” Gun seizures have risen in the last year, with "907 guns [having] been seized in the county as of Sept. 11,"…

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Police Redistricting Moves Forward in Baltimore City
Baltimore City's Neighborhood - courtesy of the Baltimore City Health Department
Police Redistricting Moves Forward in Baltimore City

The Baltimore City Council has moved legislation modifying its police district boundaries to third reader, the final step before requiring Mayor Brandon M. Scott's signature. Council Bill 22-0257, entitled "Police Department of Baltimore City - Police Districts - Redistricting," became necessary after, in 2019, the Maryland General Assembly required the Baltimore City Police Commissioner to draft a police redistricting plan within one year of a decennial census conducted by the United States Census Bureau. Under…

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