Joe Gratz / creative commons

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Democratic Gov. John Carney's request to reconsider her ruling invalidating a state mandate for political balance on Delaware's courts.

The judge on Wednesday did revise her December ruling to clarify her decision regarding whether a lawyer had standing to challenge certain provisions in Delaware's constitution regarding the political makeup of state courts. She said the clarification should simplify the record when a federal appeals court considers the case.

Joe Gratz / creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has sworn in a judge to Maryland's intermediate appellate court.

Judge Matthew Fader was sworn in Monday to the Court of Special Appeals.

Fader has served as an assistant attorney general in the state since June 2010. He was the chief of civil litigation when the governor appointed him last month to the court.

Before joining the attorney general's office, Fader was a partner at the Pittsburgh-based firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. He represented clients in commercial litigation in federal and state courts.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Maryland is asking the state's highest court to allow finalists for licenses to grow medical marijuana to intervene in a lawsuit.

Julia Bernhardt, an assistant attorney general, said Thursday the finalists have a direct economic interest in the lawsuit's outcome. She says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission can't represent their interests, because the panel represents the public interest.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has approved changes to the state's pretrial system so people are not held in jail simply because they can't afford bail.

The court's seven judges unanimously approved the changes on Tuesday. They will be effective July 1.

The change comes after the court heard hours of testimony last month on rule changes proposed by the Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure.

campaign website

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.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has put former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court ruling. 

The high court overturned McDonnell's corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there's enough evidence for another trial.

official photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes is the first casualty of a newly redrawn Virginia congressional map.

Forbes lost a sharp-elbowed primary against Scott Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, in Virginia's defense-heavy Hampton Roads area.

official map

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland residents challenging their state's 2011 redrawing of its congressional districts are adding more plaintiffs to their case.

A motion submitted in the case Tuesday adds six new plaintiffs to the original three. The case was initially thrown out, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in December that was premature.

official photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyers get a half-hour to urge a federal appeals court to overturn his public corruption convictions.

Prosecutors get equal time to argue that a jury got it right when it found McDonnell guilty of 11 counts last September.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the arguments Tuesday morning in Richmond. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

official photo, personal photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In the eight months since former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of public corruption, a few developments have gone his way.

The federal appeals court that will hear arguments Tuesday in McDonnell's case allowed the ex-governor and his wife, Maureen, to remain free on bond while they challenge their convictions. Legal experts say that decision suggests the court believes at least some of the issues raised on appeal are a close call.