Faculty in the News - Archive
Thursday, February 28, 2008Professor Abraham DashThe Baltimore Sun
– While murder prosecutions in cases in which no body has been found are rare, they are not unfamiliar to Maryland prosecutors. Part of the difficulty in some cases is proving that a murder occurred, said Abraham Dash, JD, a professor at the School of Law. "Having people actually saying they saw an attack on the victim can almost prove there was a murder," Dash said. "For example, if you have someone saying they saw a defendant shooting a victim five times in the chest, that's pretty good stuff."
Thursday, February 28, 2008Professor Mark GraberLaw Technology News
– When he passed the street where the protesters from Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church stood, Albert Snyder diverted his eyes and tried to focus on Matthew, his only son slain in Iraq. Church members protested this funeral. Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, professor of law and government at the School of Law, argues that funeral picketing laws are legal―if they remain content-neutral. That may become a key factor in appeals, because the jury in Snyder v. Phelps
determined that the church’s messages were so "outrageous" as to cause severe emotional distress. The jury penalized the group for the content of its message rather than its behavior, says Graber, who believes that may support the defendants’ appeal. Despite the video evidence of the church’s malevolence, higher courts may overrule Judge Richard Bennett's findings in order to protect fundamental legal principles, Graber says. "The judge was determined that he would put us on trial for our religion," complained defendant/attorney Shirley Phelps-Roper. "These are the signs we've been holding for 17 years. We're out on these streets every day." If overturned, the plaintiffs could take solace in a famed 1919 dissent by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: "We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008Professor Jane BarrettDelmarvaNow.com
– The environmental impact of construction storm water runoff is the focus of an Environmental Law Clinic conference Friday at the School of Law. Guest speakers include Jane Barrett, JD, director of the UM Environmental Law Clinic.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyThe Baltimore Sun
– Columnist Jean Marbella reports that "The law finally caught up with Willie Parker, who escaped from a prison camp on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but why it even bothered is a mystery." When he was found in North Carolina last week, it was pretty much all he could do to get out of bed, let his home health nurse put some pants on over his boxers and be escorted to jail. Now 81, he'll have to go before a judge for an extradition hearing and could be brought back here to serve the 29 years he apparently owes the state on a 1950s-era armed-robbery charge. "I’m sure the rationale that [police] use is it’s not up to them, once there’s a warrant out," said Andrew Levy, JD, an adjunct professor at the School of Law and a Baltimore attorney. "It has to be a zero-tolerance issue. They at least have to be seen to be taking it through the normal process. But it’s hard to believe any judge at this stage will incarcerate him."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008Professor Kathleen DachilleNBC-TV, Ch. 4, WMAR-TV, Ch. 2
- A Maryland House committee has delayed a hearing on a bill that would make it a crime to smoke in a car if kids under age 6 are inside. The hearing was supposed to be held today, but will be rescheduled for later this week. Under the proposal, drivers would be fined $50 for smoking when children under the age of 6 are in the car. "Last year, California banned smoking in cars with children under 18, which followed on the heels of similar legislation in Oklahoma and Louisiana," said Kathleen Hoke Dashille, JD, assistant professor at the School of Law and director of the School’s Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation & Advocacy.
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