Justia Maryland Court of Appeals Opinion Summaries

Articles Posted in White Collar Crime
Helen Holton, a member of the Baltimore City Council, was charged with bribery, malfeasance in office, nonfeasance in office, and perjury. The circuit court granted Holton's motion to dismiss those charges on the ground of legislative privilege. The court of special appeals affirmed the ruling. At issue was whether Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. 5-501, which protects local legislators from civil or criminal actions based on words spoken at a board or committee meeting, provided Holton with immunity. The Court of Appeals granted the State's petition for writ of certiorari. The Court affirmed the judgment of the court of special appeals, holding that the lower court did not err in holding that section 5-501 provides legislative immunity to local officials in state criminal prosecutions other than prosecutions for defamation. View "State v. Holton" on Justia Law