Latest Maryland state government News

Maryland elections board chooses Jared DeMarinis to be elections administrator

Jun. 08, 2023 16:23 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland State Board of Elections selected Jared DeMarinis as the new state elections administrator on Thursday to replace a retiring official who held the post for more than two decades. The board voted 5-0 for DeMarinis, who has served as director of...

Family of 'Serial' podcast murder victim demands right to take part in hearings

Jun. 08, 2023 15:37 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The family of the murder victim whose case is chronicled by the hit podcast “Serial” asked Maryland’s highest court on Thursday to give crime victims a right to be heard and challenge evidence at hearings. Young Lee, whose sister Hae Min Lee was killed...

Adnan Syed's murder conviction on hold for now, as Maryland Supreme Court considers appeal

May. 25, 2023 18:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Adnan Syed will not return to jail and his murder conviction is on hold, for now, as Maryland's Supreme Court decides whether to hear his appeal. The state's highest court issued an order on Thursday that prevents the reinstatement of Syed's murder conviction...

Adnan Syed's lawyer appeals to Maryland Supreme Court

May. 24, 2023 13:33 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Adnan Syed's lawyer asked Maryland's highest court on Wednesday to overturn a lower court's ruling that reinstated his murder conviction from more than two decades ago — after he was freed last year in a legal case that gained international attention from the hit podcast...

Maryland governor signs gun-control bills tightening requirements

May. 16, 2023 20:07 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore signed gun-control measures into law on Tuesday, and the National Rifle Association quickly filed a federal lawsuit against them. The governor signed legislation approved by state lawmakers this year in response to a U.S. Supreme Court...

Maryland Supreme Court reverses ruling on digital ad tax

May. 09, 2023 22:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's highest court on Tuesday reversed a ruling by a lower court that the state's first-in-the-nation tax on digital advertising was unconstitutional, saying the court lacked jurisdiction over the case. In an order, Justice Matthew Fader, the chief...

Crump: Abuse victims set to sue Baltimore Archdiocese

May. 09, 2023 19:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — After Maryland lawmakers recently eliminated the statute of limitations for child sex abuse lawsuits amid heightened scrutiny of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, civil rights attorney Ben Crump announced plans Tuesday to bring a series of civil claims on behalf of victims. ...

Maryland judges question jurisdiction of digital ad tax case

May. 05, 2023 17:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Attorneys debated the proper jurisdiction for settling a legal challenge to the first-in-the-nation tax on digital advertising during arguments before Maryland's highest court on Friday. Meanwhile, an attorney for the state appeared to surprise judges when she...

In latest abortion law chapter: Bill signings, court rulings

May. 04, 2023 17:13 PM EDT

Courts this week blocked abortion restrictions from taking effect in two states, while lawmakers in a third are forging ahead with a plan for a new ban that's less stringent than most. Those are some of the latest developments in an abortion landscape that is being crafted by...

Appeals court refuses to reconsider Adnan Syed's sentence

May. 02, 2023 17:22 PM EDT

A Maryland appellate court on Tuesday denied a request by Adnan Syed's lawyer to reconsider its recent decision to reinstate his murder conviction. His lawyer said she will appeal to the Maryland Supreme Court. The Appellate Court of Maryland reinstated the conviction in March in a...