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King v. Maryland


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On Friday, November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court announced that it would review Maryland v. King this year, and in the process rule on the constitutionality of the state’s controversial DNA collection law, which allowed police to obtain a DNA sample from arrestees suspected of violent crimes or burglary for comparison against the state’s database before they are found guilty of the underlying crime.

The case has been a source of debate since the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling, and was the subject of the University of Baltimore’s journal write-on competition this past summer. The winning case note for the 2012 academic year, authored by incoming Law Review  Editor in Chief John Baber, analyzes the Maryland high court’s decision as we await word from the Supreme Court:

Case Note by John Baber

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Comparative Negligence with Joint & Several Liability: The Best of Both Worlds


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Robert H. Lande, Venable Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and James MacAlister, an alumnus of both the School of Law and the Law Review, have co-authored a piece that examines Maryland’s current contributory negligence standard, and suggests it be replaced by a comparative negligence standard that retains joint and several liability. The authors show this new approach would be a vast improvement that would bring Maryland into the mainstream of 21st Century Torts jurisprudence.

Robert H. Lande & James MacAlister, Comparative Negligence with Joint & Several Liability: The Best of Both Worlds, 42 U. Balt. L. Rev. Online 1 (2012).