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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that finalists to become licensed to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests against a legal challenge over how those finalists were picked.

The Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case.

Alternative Medicine Maryland, an applicant not chosen, alleges in a lawsuit that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission didn't consider the racial diversity of the applicants for licenses as required.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to revive the role of cash bail in Maryland after the state's highest court approved a rule change that lessened its significance for pre-trial release of people who get arrested.

The Senate passed the bill 29-18 Wednesday. Fifteen Democrats and all of the chamber's 14 Republicans voted for the measure. All of the Senate's 18 opponents were Democrats.

The measure goes to the House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Although possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in Maryland, the state's highest court has ruled that police can still search a car without a warrant if they smell pot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Court of Appeals issued the unanimous opinion on Friday. Judge Shirley Watts wrote that "decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia's former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband's convictions.
 
News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell's attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate her convictions in a motion filed Monday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The high court overturned his conviction and sent it back to the appeals court.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a member of his administration to Maryland's highest court.

Hogan announced Wednesday the appointment of Joseph Getty to the seven-member Court of Appeals. Getty has been serving as Hogan's chief legislative officer, who acts as the Republican governor's lobbyist.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray must testify against his colleagues while he awaits retrial.

The Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday siding with prosecutors who asked a judge to compel William Porter to testify against the five other officers facing charges stemming from Gray's death. Porter's first trial ended in a hung jury in December.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has agreed to take up a key issue in the trials for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, postponing trial proceedings until it can make a ruling.

The state's Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that it would take up the issue of whether one of the officers, William Porter, whose October trial ended in a mistrial, could be forced to testify against the other officers even though he is awaiting retrial. The issue had previously been pending in the Court of Special Appeals.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge is refusing to postpone the trials of three police officers in the Freddie Gray case.

But the rulings released Thursday could become moot if Maryland's highest court agrees to review the cases of all five officers whose trials could hinge on whether a sixth can be forced to testify against them. He is Officer William Porter, whose manslaughter trial ended in a hung jury in December.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

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