Maryland's top law-enforcement officials may be headed to the Supreme Court for the second time in 12 months, following a Maryland Court of Appeals decision that, in not challenged, would let passengers in a car stopped by police walk away from the scene. It's another decision that demonstrates how far removed some judges are from ordinary life.
In the first case to go to the nation's highest court, Maryland officials argued that for the safety of the law enforcement personnel involved in traffic stops, officers should be able to order everyone out of the car, regardless of whether or they've done anything illegal, or even suspicious. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Maryland's favor in that case Feb. 19.
In the latest case, a passenger in a car stopped for running red light exited the car and began to leave the scene. Despite police requests, the passenger refused to stop and was arrested for disorderly conduct and battery.