Senate Bills 284 and 285: A 'Bribery Exception' to Maryland’s Legislative Privilege

20 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2012 Last revised: 7 Mar 2012

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Lynn McLain

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: February 16, 2012

Abstract

This document is an Adobe version of a PowerPoint presentation that was presented to the Maryland General Assembly in support of Senate Bills 284 and 285. S.B. 284 & 285 respond to the fact that the bribery indictments of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton were dismissed on grounds of the “legislative privilege” in MD Const., art. III, § 18. The paper goes on to show how bribery was not meant to be protected under "legislative privilege" by tracing the legislative history of the statutes, and applicable sections of the Md. Constitution.

Keywords: legislation, Maryland, bribery, politicians, legislative history, legislative intent, legislative privilege, legal defenses, criminal law, criminal procedure, legal loopholes, criminal defenses

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K39, K42, K49, H79

Suggested Citation

McLain, Lynn, Senate Bills 284 and 285: A 'Bribery Exception' to Maryland’s Legislative Privilege (February 16, 2012). University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2009405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2009405

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