Cecil B. Sanner and Mary W. Sanner, Appellants, v. the Trustees of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Appellee, 398 F.2d 226 (4th Cir. 1968)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 398 F.2d 226 (4th Cir. 1968) Argued June 20, 1968
Decided July 1, 1968
Certiorari Denied December 9, 1968

See 89 S. Ct. 453.

D. Robert Cervera, Washington, D. C., (Joseph I. Huesman, Baltimore, Md., on the brief) for appellants.

Norman P. Ramsey, Baltimore, Md., (James D. Peacock and Cleaveland D. Miller; and Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, Baltimore, Md., on the brief) for appellee.

Before BOREMAN, BRYAN and CRAVEN, Circuit Judges.


Except for an important statutory relaxation1  in 1966, Maryland judicially adheres to the so called doctrine of charitable immunity. Ordinarily such a matter is one of state law. Erie R. R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64, 58 S. Ct. 817, 82 L. Ed. 1188 (1938). We have carefully considered plaintiff's interesting contention that the state of Maryland may not constitutionally cling to this judge-made, and increasingly questioned, doctrine. We reject the contention and affirm the granting of summary judgment in favor of the charitable institution, D.C., 278 F. Supp. 138.



Maryland Code Annotated Art. 43 § 556A (Supp.1966)