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Quick Facts
Capital City: Annapolis
Area: 10,577 square miles
Ranks 42nd in size
Admission Date: 1788
Nickname: Old Line State
State Slogan: America in Miniature; More Than You Can Imagine
State Flower: Black-eyed Susan
State Bird: Baltimore Oriole
Did you know?
  • The official sport of Maryland is jousting.
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner" was written while the British attacked Baltimore's Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
  • Maryland donated the land for the Capitol of the United States - Washington DC. Virginia also donated land because the Capitol of the United States was not to be located within one State. Virginia's donation of land was returned.
  • The U.S. Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • The nickname, The Old Line State, comes from George Washington referring to the bravery of Maryland's troops during the Revolutionary War.
  • Thirteen year old Edward Warren rode in the first balloon successfully launched in the United States, which was launched in Baltimore.
  • Famous people born in Maryland include baseball players Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr.
  • For a short time Annapolis was the Capital of the United States post the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the 7th State to be admitted into the United States of America. Below are excerpts of the Maryland Constitution followed by what has and is happening in Maryland.

The Constitution of Maryland
WE, THE PEOPLE of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious consideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:
Declaration of Rights

The Constitution of the United States, and the Laws made, or which shall be made, in pursuance thereof, and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, are, and shall be the Supreme Law of the State; and the Judges of this State, and all the People of this State, are, and shall be bound thereby; anything in the Constitution or Law of this State to the contrary notwithstanding.
Declaration of Rights, Article 2

(a) (1) That the Inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to the Common Law of England, and the trial by Jury, according to the course of that Law, and to the benefit of such of the English statutes as existed on the Fourth day of July, seventeen hundred and seventy–six; and which, by experience, have been found applicable to their local and other circumstances, and have been introduced, used and practiced by the Courts of Law or Equity; and also of all Acts of Assembly in force on the first day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty–seven; except such as may have since expired, or may be inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution; subject, nevertheless, to the revision of, and amendment or repeal by, the Legislature of this State. And the Inhabitants of Maryland are also entitled to all property derived to them from, or under the Charter granted by His Majesty Charles the First to Caecilius Calvert, Baron of Baltimore.
(2) Legislation may be enacted that limits the right to trial by jury in civil proceedings to those proceedings in which the amount in controversy exceeds $15,000.
(b) The parties to any civil proceeding in which the right to a jury trial is preserved are entitled to a trial by jury of at least 6 jurors.
(c) That notwithstanding the Common Law of England, nothing in this Constitution prohibits trial by jury of less than 12 jurors in any civil proceeding in which the right to a jury trial is preserved. (1992, chs. 203, 204, ratified Nov. 3, 1992; 2006, ch. 422, ratified Nov. 7, 2006; 2010, ch. 480, ratified Nov. 2, 2010.)
Declaration of Rights, Article 5

That all persons invested with the Legislative or Executive powers of Government are the Trustees of the Public, and, as such, accountable for their conduct: Wherefore, whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought, to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non–resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavishand destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
Declaration of Rights, Article 6

That every man, for any injury done to him in his person or property, ought to have remedy by the course of the Law of the land, and ought to have justice and right, freely without sale, fully without any denial, and speedily without delay, according to the Law of the land.
Declaration of Rights, Article 19

That the trial of facts, where they arise, is one of the greatest securities of the lives, liberties and estate of the People.
Declaration of Rights, Article 20

That no man ought to be taken or imprisoned or disseized of his freehold, liberties or privileges, or outlawed, or exiled, or, in any manner, destroyed, or deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the judgment of his peers, or by the Law of the land. (1977, ch. 681, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.)
Declaration of Rights, Article 24

That the independency and uprightness of Judges are essential to the impartial administration of Justice, and a great security to the rights and liberties of the People: Wherefore, the Judges shall not be removed, except in the manner, and for the causes provided in this Constitution. No Judge shall hold any other office, civil or military, or political trust, or employment of any kind, whatsoever, under the Constitution or Laws of this State, or of the United States, or any of them; except that a Judge may be a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or a member of the militia of the United States or this State; or receive fees, or perquisites of any kind, for the discharge of his official duties. (1990, ch. 61, ratified Nov. 6, 1990.)
Declaration of Rights, Article 33

That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief, provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or in the world to come.

Nothing shall prohibit or require the making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or place.

Nothing in this article shall constitute an establishment of religion. (1970, ch. 558, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.)
Declaration of Rights, Article 36

That the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and of this State, apply, as well in time of war, as in time of peace; and any departure therefrom, or violation thereof, under the plea of necessity, or any other plea, is subversive of good Government, and tends to anarchy and despotism.
Declaration of Rights, Article 44

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It is happening in Maryland

Case Excerpts

Below are excerpts from legal cases that we have found during our research. Please note that we are not necessarily recommending or endorsing any of the cases or their outcomes. However, we have found the parts below to be helpful and informative in our battle.

Religious Liberty
“Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”
Runkel v. Winemiller, Supreme Court of Maryland, 1799

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: Runkel v. Winemiller, Supreme Court of Maryland, 1799

Robo-Signing and Affidavits
“For years, in foreclosure actions in Maryland, ‘courts, with good reason and really of necessity, have relied on the accuracy of affidavits, especially when filed by attorneys, unless there is something on the face of the document to suggest otherwise or the validity of the affidavit is challenged.’ Wilner, supra at 1. This system of trust collapsed with the shocking discovery that in thousands, if not tens of thousands, of residential foreclosure actions, the affidavits filed with the courts were ‘bogus’: ‘the affiant either did not have sufficient knowledge of the facts stated in the affidavit to validly attest to their accuracy or did not actually read or personally sign the affidavit’ id. at 1, 2. This practice became known as ‘robo-signing’ – the term that ‘describes mortgage servicers’ response to the tremendous volume of mortgage defaults and foreclosures after 2007: assembly-line signing and notarizing of affidavits for foreclosure cases, mortgage assignments, note allonges and related documents, all filed in courts and deed recorders in counties across the United States.’ White, A. supra at 469-70.”
Attorney Grievance v. Dore, 433 Md. 685, 73 A.3d 161 (2013)

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: Attorney Grievance v. Dore, 433 Md. 685, 73 A.3d 161 (2013)

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