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Archives : Maryland Law News

Workers’ Compensation Statistics and Trends

Every year, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes an annual report. In carefully looking at the report, much can be gleaned. Workers’ Compensation Claims From 2008 to 2009, the Workers’ Compensation Commission saw a 5.9 % drop in the total number of filed claims. The total number of filed claims did not return to the […]

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She’d Never File for Workers’ Compensation

A good friend of mine has told me, multiple times, that she’d never file for workers’ compensation under any circumstances. No matter what. Funny thing is, she interacts with workers’ compensation clients for a living. She goes to their homes, looks at their injuries, talks to them about their pain, hears the stories of struggle […]

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It Ends with a One-Line Whimper

In Maryland, law enforcement officers can simply follow you around and analyze any DNA you discard.  They don’t need your permission.  They can have it when you get a drivers license.  They can have it at a toll booth.  They can have it when you touch that.  Or that.  Or that. The Court of Appeals […]

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Raynor v. Maryland – An Update and the Cert Petition

The cert petition in Raynor v. Maryland was filed yesterday. The question presented is: “Whether the Fourth Amendment is implicated when law enforcement surreptitiously analyzes a free citizen’s involuntarily shed DNA profile.” The Raynor v. Maryland Cert Petition can be found and downloaded here.  

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Published Opinion Win in Fourth Circuit

This past week saw a Warnken, LLC win in the Fourth Circuit.  The opinion can be found here. The appeal came from a criminal case out of the United States District Court in Greenbelt.  The opinion was unanimous. The win came in the first argument before the Court for Byron B. Warnken.

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Reasonable Expectation of Privacy and DNA

“The Majority’s holding means that a person can no longer vote, participate in a jury, or obtain a driver’s license, without opening up his genetic material for state collection and codification. Unlike DNA left in the park or a restaurant, these are all instances where the person has identified himself to the government authority. All […]

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Pain Killer Lawsuits: An Open Letter to Peter Angelos and Steve Silverman

Warnken, LLC July 31, 2014   Mr. Peter Angelos, Esq. 100 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201   Mr. Steven Silverman 201 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201   Dear Mr. Angelos and Mr. Silverman, Painkiller manufacturers and distributors need to be sued into submission.  Manufacturers and suppliers have a duty to consumers and society […]

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Raynor v. State – Court of Appeals

The Raynor argument is today, April 8. Issues – Criminal Law (1) Whether, under the Fourth Amendment & Art. 26 of the Md. Declaration of Rights, a citizen maintains an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy in the DNA found in genetic material involuntarily and knowingly deposited through ordinary biological processes? (2) Whether, under the Fourth […]

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Dr. Launder, Maryland Orthopedics, and Two Sides to Every Story

by Byron B. Warnken, Esq. If you have any relationship to workers’ compensation in Maryland, Dr. Launder’s public note should be read.  You can find it here:  http://drlaundersresponse.com/. Here are eight specific points we feel anybody new to the workers’ compensation system should know: “Over the years, however, workman’s comp insurers tightened their control over […]

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Maryland Criminal Procedure Launch Press Release

Have an early look at the Press Release: Baltimore, MD  October 22, 2013  For Immediate Release Three-volume Maryland Criminal Procedure by Professor Byron Warnken released to rave reviews More than 30 years of work is now available as a comprehensive three-volume treatise.  Available on Amazon.com After more than thirty years of work, Professor Byron L. […]

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