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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a news conference to discuss voting rights.

Attorney General Brian Frosh will join Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Sen. Ben Cardin at an early voting site in Landover on Monday to highlight the need to protect the integrity of elections.

Representatives from the League of Women Voters, Casa de Maryland, the Prince George's County Muslim Council and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also are scheduled to attend.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An opinion by the state attorney general's office says Maryland's system of holding defendants in jail because they can't pay a cash bail likely would be found unconstitutional.

The office of Attorney General Brian E. Frosh sent a letter Tuesday to five House of Delegates members who sought Frosh's opinion.

The letter says that judges and court commissioners must consider the accused's ability to pay before setting bail.

The letter says if bail is out of reach, the courts would find that unlawful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission says the panel will work with the attorney general's office to address diversity concerns in the state's medical marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies met for about an hour with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Davies says a group that will include commission staff members and members of the attorney general's office will be evaluating options. He says conducting a disparity study is on the table as a means of working to address the issue.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of Maryland's medical marijuana commission is meeting with Maryland's attorney general to discuss diversity concerns in the state's marijuana licensing process.

Dr. Paul Davies is scheduled to meet with Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday.

Critics have noted a lack of diversity in applicants selected as finalists to grow and process marijuana. Davies wrote last week that the commission is committed to promoting racial diversity in the state's developing medical marijuana industry.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says his office is appealing a judge's order granting a new trial to a man convicted of murder in a case that was featured in the "Serial" podcast.

Frosh said in a telephone interview that his office filed the notice of appeal Monday. The attorney general's office has asked that any new trial for Adnan Syed be halted during the appeals process.

Syed was convicted of killing his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general has appealed a decision by a three-judge panel that sent the state's assault weapons ban back to a lower court for review.
 
Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Friday the state has asked the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, to hear the case.
 
Frosh is asking for the rehearing so that the full court weighs in on how Maryland's ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines should be analyzed for constitutionality.
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys general from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are getting together to talk about ways they can reduce gun violence in the region.

Friday's first-of-its kind meeting in Washington will focus on illegal guns and ways the jurisdictions can work together to cut down on gun trafficking.

All three attorneys general are Democrats who support gun control. Brian Frosh of Maryland, Mark Herring of Virginia and Karl Racine of the District will speak to reporters following their meeting.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's top court is hearing arguments on state officials' refusal to disclose the names of applicants for abortion clinic licenses.

One issue for the Court of Appeals on Monday is whether the mere risk that disclosure might jeopardize the safety of clinic owners is enough to justify the government secrecy.

Attorney General Brian Frosh argues that releasing the names would force applicants, their families and their patients to live in "a climate of fear."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland likely will recall license plates with images of the Confederate flag this fall, now that a federal judge has agreed to lift a 1997 injunction that prevented the state from taking the plates out of circulation.

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis issued an order Thursday that allows Attorney General Brian Fosh to lift the injunction. The order goes into effect Nov. 17.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is issuing statewide guidelines to prevent discriminatory profiling by law enforcement based on race, gender and other characteristics.

Frosh has scheduled a Tuesday news conference about the initiative. He says the guidelines are similar to ones issued in December by the U.S. Justice Department, which called on states to adopt their own. Frosh says Maryland is the first state to issue its own guidance.

He says it goes further than current Maryland law, but departments would have to adopt the policies.

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Mayor Jim Ireton held a community meeting less than 24 hours after another shooting in Salisbury – the third in eleven days.

The Mayor called the meeting after the shooting deaths of 17 year old Rakim Russell and 21 year old Dommier Deshields in early August.

But by August 12th 24-year old Shawn Woodford was shot in the back.

WBOC reports that the meeting was joined by Maryland Attorney General.

Ireton said that stopping violence is a community effort that must begin with children.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has endorsed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen for Senate.
 
Frosh announced the endorsement Friday. It comes two days after Van Hollen became the first person to say he will run for the seat now held by Sen. Barbara Mikulski. She announced Monday she would not seek re-election in 2016.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is calling for support of legislation that discourages false claims against the government by private contractors.

Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, is scheduled to speak at a Wednesday news conference about the Maryland False Claims Act of 2015, ahead of hearings on the legislation later in the afternoon.

The current Maryland False Claims Act focuses on healthcare. The proposed legislation would add fraud committed against the government by private contractors.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24.
 
In a filing Friday, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
 

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While most of the attention of the election in Maryland has focused on the governor's race, state Senator Brian Frosh scored an upset in his bid for the Democratic party's nomination for Attorney General, coming back from single digits in the polls. As the general election approaches, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sat down with Frosh during his visit to the Eastern Shore this week to talk about the campaign and the issues.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will face Republican Larry Hogan in Maryland governor's race in November.

With 90% of the vote counted,  brown won 51 percent in the Democratic primary to 24 percent for Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Delegate Heather Mizeur came in third with 22% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Hogan outdistanced his nearest rival by 43 percent to Harford County Executive David Craig who came in with 30 percent. Charles County businessman Charles Lollar picked up 15 pecent while Delegate Ron George received 12 percent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the race for Maryland attorney general have agreed to face each other in two debates.

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The campaigns for Delegates Aisha Braveboy and Jon Cardin and state Sen. Brian Frosh announced Monday that the candidates will participate in debates that follow a traditional format in College Park and Baltimore. The first will be held May 19 at the University of Maryland College Park and the second will be held June 9 at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he plans to work on overhauling Maryland's bail hearing system, after a bill that would have done so stalled in the Legislature.

O'Malley told reporters Monday that he will work with stakeholders who supported the overhaul approach backed by Sen. Brian Frosh.

That would use data on each defendant, such as criminal history, to assess the person's risk of committing more crimes if they were released from jail. Low-risk defendants would be released automatically.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State Sen. Brian Frosh is announcing endorsements for his bid to be Maryland's attorney general by two people who had the job over a 28-year period.

Frosh has scheduled a news conference on Tuesday in Baltimore where former Attorneys General J. Joseph Curran and Stephen Sachs will announce their support.

Curran was Maryland's attorney general from 1987 to 2007. Sachs was attorney general from 1979 to 1987.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - State Sen. Brian Frosh says he will be announcing his run for Maryland attorney general.

The senator said he is officially announcing his bid in an email to supporters on Tuesday.

The Montgomery County Democrat has been a state senator since 1995. He has been the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2003. The senator took the leading role in advocating for a sweeping gun-control measure in the Senate in the last session. He served in the House of Delegates from 1987 to 1995.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to keep one of the most controversial parts of a gun-control bill - a licensing provision for handguns that would require owners to submit fingerprints.

The Senate rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have taken the licensing part out of the bill on a 20-27 vote.

Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, says the provision will sharply reduce the number of guns that end up in the hands of criminals by making it far less likely for people to buy guns for them when they are prohibited from owning the weapons.