For Whom the Bell Tolls: Challenges with Applying the Obstruction Statute to the Nonviolent Capitol Breach Defendants and Crafting Appropriate Sentences

*Bradley Rosen I. The Attack on the Capitol On January 6, 2021, a mob stormed the United States Capitol to stop Congress from “certifying the vote count of the Electoral College of the 2020 Presidential Election.”[1] Fortunately, the mob failed in its mission, but it nonetheless succeeded in delaying the vote by causing the CapitolContinue reading “For Whom the Bell Tolls: Challenges with Applying the Obstruction Statute to the Nonviolent Capitol Breach Defendants and Crafting Appropriate Sentences”

Eviction Moratoriums: Blurring the Lines Between Holdover Tenants and Squatters

*Alina Pargamanik I. Introduction Recent eviction moratoriums on the federal and state level have changed the landscape of landlord-tenant law, blurring the line between holdover tenants and squatters.[1] Existing state laws distinguishing between holdover tenants and squatters may influence the application of eviction moratoriums and relief available to renters and landlords alike. By addressing theContinue reading “Eviction Moratoriums: Blurring the Lines Between Holdover Tenants and Squatters”

Action Needed at the Federal Level to Enable Marijuana-Related Businesses to Operate Legally, Safely, and Profitably

*Joseph Canner I. Introduction On November 6, 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado approved ballot initiatives aimed at legalizing marijuana, becoming the first states in the U.S. to do so.[1] What was at first a trickle has become a flood: as of mid-2021, medical marijuana is legal in thirty-six states and recreational marijuana is legalContinue reading “Action Needed at the Federal Level to Enable Marijuana-Related Businesses to Operate Legally, Safely, and Profitably”

Addressing Racial Disparities in Maryland’s Juvenile Justice System: What the Juvenile Restoration Act Could Mean for Maryland’s Black Youth Tried as Adults

*Rebecca Odelius I. Introduction The United States is the only country that allows convicted criminals to serve a life sentence without parole for crimes they committed under the age of eighteen.[1] Over the last sixteen years, several Supreme Court decisions have placed limits on when and how individuals convicted under the age of eighteen canContinue reading “Addressing Racial Disparities in Maryland’s Juvenile Justice System: What the Juvenile Restoration Act Could Mean for Maryland’s Black Youth Tried as Adults”

The Future of Climate Change Liability: A Jurisdictional Battle

*Sarah Steinberg I. Introduction On July 20, 2018, the City of Baltimore filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City against twenty-six fossil fuel companies (collectively, the “defendants”).[1] The City contends that these energy companies should pay the costs associated with climate change in Baltimore.[2] The City alleged that the oil companies engagedContinue reading “The Future of Climate Change Liability: A Jurisdictional Battle”