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BALTIMORE (AP) - Lawyers for Baltimore's top prosecutor say lawsuits filed against her by five of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are without merit and should be dismissed.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against six officers in the death of Gray but did not win any convictions. Gray is a black man who died after he was severely injured while riding in the back of a city police van.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) – There will be no trial in a legal dispute over the Ten Commandments in Western Maryland. The plaintiff has withdrawn his lawsuit.

Jeffrey Davis of Swanton voluntarily dropped the matter without explanation in a letter filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He declined to explain his decision when reached by telephone Tuesday.

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The daughter of New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon admitted that she was behind the online accounts that attacked the reputation of former County Administrative Officer David Grimaldi.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Jennifer Gordon said she was wanted people to know “how vindictive and evil (Grimaldi) was.”

In his defamation lawsuit Grimaldi had named a Jane Doe as the defendant in the case and had asked the court to reveal who was behind the accounts.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit that attempts to block more than 200,000 felons from voting this fall will be considered by the Virginia Supreme Court when it meets for a special session next month.

The court said Wednesday it will consider Republican lawmakers' lawsuit during a special session on July 19.

GOP leaders have asked the court to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order that restored the rights of thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say they have finished an internal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair.

Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that the Wilmington Police department's Office of Professional Standards had completed an investigation to determine whether officers involved in the September shooting of Jeremy McDole acted in accordance with departmental rules and regulations governing the use of deadly force. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the city of Wilmington are seeking to move a lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a black man in his wheelchair from state court to federal court.

A notice to move the lawsuit was filed late Thursday.

An attorney for Jeremy McDole's family claims a federal jury drawn from a statewide jury pool is less likely than a jury of local residents to include minorities.

An attorney for the city did not immediately respond to an email.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for state prison officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parents of an inmate who hanged himself.

The parents of Blaise DeJesus claim prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward him while he was awaiting placement in a substance abuse program in 2014. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that prison workers failed to properly check on DeJesus after he begged them not to put him in a cell by himself because he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was concerned he may hurt himself.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pocomoke City officials and law enforcement charging racial discrimination.

The suit was brought by former Police Chief Kelvin Sewell, the town’s first black chief, along with former Officer Franklin Savage and Lt. Lynell Green who is still on the force.

They claim that they faced discrimination and retaliation during their time on the force.

The Pocomoke City manager Ernie Crofoot told WBOC that he was reviewing the lawsuit and would not have any comment.

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FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - A Botetourt County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by five county residents against what a developer hopes will be Virginia's first commercial wind farm.

The Roanoke Times reports Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan dismissed a lawsuit that, at the least, had threatened to slow down plans to build up to 25 giant turbines on top of North Mountain. Officials hope to have the turbines begin converting wind to electricity by the end of 2017.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say Dover has paid its $15,000 insurance deductible in settling a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union after a white police officer kicked a black suspect in the head and broke his jaw

Officials last week confirmed a resolution to the lawsuit, but released no details.

Dover City Manager Scott Koenig told the Delaware State News on Wednesday that under the city's insurance policy, Travelers Insurance would cover the rest of any settlement above the deductible.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A nonprofit group is suing Delaware officials over the use of bank settlement money to help balance the state budget.

The Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council filed the lawsuit Monday, several months after asking federal officials to oversee distribution of Bank of America settlement funds.

Defendants in the lawsuit are Gov. Jack Markell, the state treasurer, and the legislature's controller general.

Markell's office did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Settlement talks are scheduled in a lawsuit filed by a former white university cabinet member against the historically black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an agreement has been reached over discovery evidence as a precursor to the settlement discussions between the university and Ronald Nykiel.

The settlement discussions followed the judge’s denial of a motion by the university to dismiss the case.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney’s fees and the costs of the legal action.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The fraternity that was the focus of a debunked Rolling Stone article about a gang rape has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the magazine.

The Phi Kappa Psi chapter at the University of Virginia filed the complaint Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It also names the article's author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, as a defendant.

The lawsuit says the November 2014 article made the fraternity and its members "the object of an avalanche of condemnation worldwide."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that more than 100 Maryland university alumni were unlawfully denied in-state tuition rates and will share in a $1.6 million recovery against the state.
 

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has tossed out a massive rewrite of Delaware's storm water and erosion-control regulations.

Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves ruled Wednesday that the Department of National Resources and Environmental Control provided "illogical" justifications for failing to include many technical but critical details, including failing to hold any public hearings on the 2,000-page regulations.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit accusing Delaware State Police of terrorizing a disabled veteran and his quadriplegic wife during a 2014 drug raid in Claymont.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that police used excessive force against 54-year-old Ruther Hayes of Rehoboth and his 45-year-old wife, Lisa, while executing a search warrant aimed at two of her nephews.

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Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

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A fight has broken out in Dewey Beach.

A former town commissioner Rich Hanewinckel is suing the town manager and the mayor claiming his criticism of them has resulted in malicious actions against his rental property business.

The lawsuit charges that the town officials have held up licenses needed for his vacation rentals and have been impugning his character.

Mayor Diane Hanson once his ally told the Wilmington News Journal that he was just trying to disrupt this Saturday’s city elections.

The lawsuit was filed on September 1st.

 

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - A judge has largely rejected an NCAA bid for secrecy in a civil lawsuit stemming from the brain-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

The NCAA had sought to shield from public view 14 internal emails, memos and meeting minutes it considered confidential records of its decision-making process regarding concussions. The Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected that argument for 11 of the documents in an order filed Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former shareholders suing over the collapse of Wilmington Trust are renewing their demand for internal bank documents following last week's indictment of several former bank executives.

In a letter this week, attorneys for the shareholders told a federal judge that the indictment relies on and even quotes from documents that defendants in the lawsuit, with the support of state and federal banking regulators, have refused to provide. The documents are being withheld based on what regulators describe as the bank examination privilege.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The announcement is set for Thursday afternoon. A spokesman declined to comment ahead of the event about what the announcement will be.

Last month, the ACLU and Public Justice Center called on a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they described in court documents as so substandard that it brings "shame to his city."

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The lawsuit that sent Punkin Chunkin into a tailspin has quietly disappeared.

The legal action by Daniel Fair that began in 2013 claimed he suffered a painful spinal injury after flipping over in an ATV.

He was volunteering as a spotter to measure the distances reached by the pumpkins.

Wheatley Farms Inc. and the Punkin Chunkin Association were both defendants in the suit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a small notice on the court docket that indicated the case had been dismissed with prejudice.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The ACLU is suing the state prisons commissioner to get information about the death of an inmate hours after he arrived at a facility in Smyrna.

The group filed the suit this week in Chancery Court on behalf of Natalie Way, the inmate's mother.

Corrections officials say 26-year-old Jason Cunningham died April 16, 2014, at a hospital after he was in custody at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Cunningham was being held in default of bail on charges that included theft and menacing.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Native Americans who object to the Washington Redskins' trademark say their case has been strengthened by a recent Supreme Court ruling on license plates and the Confederate flag.

A judge is hearing arguments Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria on the team's lawsuit.

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The Salisbury Police Officer who has been the object of a number of federal lawsuits has quit the force.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan says that Officer Justin Aita has quit to pursue other opportunities.

She emphasized that it was his decision and that the department wishes him well.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it received a list of all the Salisbury Police Department members through a Freedom of Information Act and his name was not on it.

The paper notes that the officer has been named as the defendant in five federal lawsuits.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Ride-sharing provider Uber faces a $2 million lawsuit after authorities say a driver assaulted a teenager in Virginia Beach.

WVEC-TV reports Uber and Isagini Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed June 3 by the mother of a 13-year-old girl.

Marin pleaded guilty in April to assault and battery of the teen. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail, with time suspended on the condition of one year of good behavior.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware jury has ordered a medical device manufacturer to pay $100 million to a Newark woman who, despite two surgeries, still has pieces of transvaginal mesh embedded inside her.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a measure prohibiting publicly traded corporations from enacting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they challenge the company in court and lose.

The measure passed on a 16-to-5 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House. The bill pits shareholder rights advocates against business groups who argue fee-hungry lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits challenging almost every major corporate merger and acquisition.

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A federal government lawsuit involving three of Red Lobster’s female employees in Salisbury has been settled.

The sexual harassment case has resulted in Red Lobster paying out $160-thousand and providing a program for its employees on anti-discrimination laws.

In addition, the settlement must be posted.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 2013 legal action involved allegations that the culinary manager oversaw a sexually hostile and offensive work environment stretching back eight years ago.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The owner of western Maryland's only casino is reporting its annual earnings and discussing its disputed plan to merge with another casino operator.

Lakes Entertainment Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, is releasing financial data Thursday. Executives will discuss the results in a conference call with reporters and analysts later in the day.

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