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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Professor Steve Schwinn

The Baltimore Sun – Maryland’s top judges Wednesday found a gap in the state’s sex offender registry law: Criminals who are supposed to report every change of address to officials can’t do it if they become homeless. It is impossible for homeless people to comply with the registry’s provisions, the Maryland Court of Appeals said in a pair of unanimous rulings. The cases go to the heart of concerns about the criminalization of poverty, said professor Steven Schwinn, who specializes in poverty law at the School of Law and has worked with area advocacy groups for homeless persons. "Local governments periodically try to make overt signs of poverty sleeping on benches, for example illegal, or they crack down on the type of things that are part of a poor person’s life," he said.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Professor Doug Colbert

The Daily Record, The Baltimore Examiner, Capital News Service, Southern Maryland Online, WBAL-TV, WMAR-TV - Maryland is violating the rights of the poor by failing to provide them with taxpayer-funded lawyers at bail hearings, according to a class action suit filed this week. "When we have a system like the one in Baltimore City, it calls out for immediate change," said Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School of Law, whose clinic students are working on the case. One of those students, Alex Thompson, shared his story of being arrested last Halloween in Fells Point. "My counsel while I was in jail came from my co-prisoners, and their counsel came from their own past experiences," said Thompson. Police later released Thompson and never told him what he did wrong.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dean Karen Rothenberg

The Daily Record – The statute that created the Maryland Stem Cell Commission urges its members to draft ethics guidelines for themselves regarding how they will discuss the projects competing for funding. This week, the group confronted that question: If committee members must recuse themselves from decisions involving their institutions, who will provide scientific expertise about the projects in question? "In the discussion, you would lose all the academic [input], which I think you would value," noted commission member Karen H. Rothenberg, JD, MPA, dean of the School of Law.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Professor Michael Greenberger

WUSA-TV – In this live interview, Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, discussed the issues facing Congress and the unpassed recommendations from the 9/11 commission.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Professor Doug Colbert

The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Examiner, The Associated Press – Maryland is violating the rights of the poor by failing to provide them with taxpayer-funded lawyers at bail hearings, according to a class action suit filed Monday that challenges a decades-old state practice to the contrary. "This lawsuit breaks new ground because it’s the first time a lawyer has argued that the right to counsel extends to the initial appearance," said Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School of Law, whose clinic students are working on the case.

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