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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students housed in Maryland Juvenile Services facilities across the state are speaking out - in an oratorical contest.

The Maryland Court of Appeals is hosting the annual event Wednesday in Annapolis. It's sponsored by the state departments of juvenile services and education.

The contestants are the winners of speech contests at the state's 14 juvenile facilities. They're delivering 3-to-5-minute speeches they wrote, based on the inspirational poem, "The Victor," By C.W. Longnecker.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
The court's ruling upholds the conviction of two Maryland men on charges including attempted murder and burglary stemming from a 2009 Montgomery County home invasion. Both men are serving life sentences.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute over how a state may tax income its residents earn in another state.

The high court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal from Maryland officials to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state's tax law unconstitutional.

Maryland law allows residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their Maryland state tax. But it does not apply that deduction when it comes to local "piggyback taxes" the state collects for county and city governments.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says it won't stay its ruling that poor defendants are entitled to have an attorney present at bail hearings.

The high court ruled in September that defendants are entitled to state-furnished counsel at initial hearings before a district court commissioner, because the defendant's liberty is at stake. The Daily Record reports  that on Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals rejected the state's request to halt the ruling.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has again ruled that poor defendants are entitled to have an attorney present at bail hearings.

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued the 4-3 decision on Wednesday.

Last year, lawmakers changed the law to address a previous court ruling, so lawyers would not have to be present at bail reviews. The law was changed due to the estimated cost of $28 million a year it would cost the state to comply.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is considering whether to appeal a tax decision by the state's highest court.

If the court decision stands, Gansler says it could cost local governments between $40 million and $50 million annually.

Maryland's Court of Appeals ruled in January that the state must offer credits to taxpayers whose out-of-state income is subject to local piggyback taxes, but granted a stay. The court rejected Gansler's request to reconsider last week and he has 90 days to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has removed cross-breeds from its strict liability ruling on dog bites caused by pit bulls.

The Maryland Court of Appeals made the change on Tuesday in response to a request for reconsideration.

The court's decision still holds owners and landlords liable for pit bull bites. Plaintiffs in civil lawsuits won't have to prove the animal's prior violent behavior for the owner or a landlord to be liable for damages.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says voters can  decide whether to approve a law that allows in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants, affirming a lower court's ruling.

The Court of Appeals issued a brief order on Wednesday affirming the judgment of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Supporters of the law contended during oral arguments on Tuesday that the Dream Act passed by state lawmakers last year is a spending bill, which cannot be subject to a referendum.


          Maryland’s highest court has overturned a 2009 first-degree murder conviction saying that now Delegate Mike McDermott improperly interrogated the suspect when he was a detective with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

            The court said that McDermott continued to question Charles Phillips even when he said he wanted a lawyer.

            Phillips was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of 77-year-old William Nibblett.