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Opinions – 5/8/14: Maryland Court of Appeals

Criminal Procedure Appointment of counsel   BOTTOM LINE: The plain language of Rule 4-707(b) — which provides that a trial court must, under certain circumstances, appoint counsel for an indigent petitioner for purposes of conducting DNA testing — is inconsistent with the Rule’s purpose, which was to implement recent precedent that made appointment of counsel discretionary; and, given ...

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