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Maryland Court of Appeals Rules on DUI Rights Prior to BAC Testing

under BAC, Breathalyzer, DUI, MD Courts

Written By Staff Writer The right to counsel is a hallmark of fairness in the American legal system and one of the procedural due process rights afforded to citizens in almost every case. It is a glimmer of hope in what can otherwise be a dark and terrifying time. But what happens if you are denied this basic right? April Deering's case provides a disturbing answer to that question that will affect countless drivers throughout Maryland. According to a recent ruling by Maryland's highest court, Deering was pulled over for suspected drunk driving early on the morning of May 3, 2012. After being transported to the Fruitland Police Department, Deering was informed that she had the option of submitting to a Breathalyzer test to determine her blood alcohol content (BAC) under Maryland's implied consent law. The consequence for refusing a Breathalyzer test in the state of Maryland is a 120…

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Fugitive Who Turned Himself in After 33 Years Is Granted Parole

under Crime Stories, Personal Injury

By Julia Cole, Junior Editor A man who turned himself in last fall after escaping from a Maryland prison more than 30 years ago has been granted parole, according the Washington Post. Anthony Rackley, who is now 63 years old, turned himself in to police in Oklahoma last year, admitting that he had escaped from the Maryland prison system in 1980 with about six years left on his sentence. Rackley originally went to jail at age 18 for armed robbery and a parole violation, then fled from a pre-release program years later. He traveled around the country for a few years before eventually settling in Oklahoma in the early 1990s, where he started a new life under the alias Jack Watson. He became a fundraiser for a Lions Club chapter and, for all intents and purposes, turned his life around. Rackley eventually divulged the truth about his fugitive status to a colleague,…

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Chris Brown Released from LA County Jail

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By Julia Cole, Junior Editor Chris Brown is free from jail once again, according to the Washington Post. The R&B singer with a checkered past, which included the widely publicized beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, was released from a Los Angeles County jail just after midnight on Monday. The 24-year-old Brown has been behind bars since March, when he was expelled from a court-ordered rehabilitation facility for continuing to violate their rules. He was being treated for issues relating to anger management, drug abuse, and bipolar disorder before he was dismissed from the facility. Brown violated the terms of his probation last year when he allegedly assaulted a man in Washington, DC last year. In May, the singer admitted to violating his probation and was immediately ordered to serve 365 days in jail. Brown was credited with 234 days due to his rehab and jail time already served, as well as…

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