Maryland’s top court will consider whether police officers who smell marijuana emanating from a car have probable cause to search the vehicle without a warrant even though possession of less than 10 grams of the drug has been merely a civil offense – not a crime – for the past two years.Read More »
Maryland’s top court grappled Thursday with whether trial judges can consider a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney’s perceived practice of striking would-be jurors because of their race in deciding if the lawyer’s non-discriminatory explanation for excluding individuals from the jury pool is true.
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A Baltimore judge who received a public reprimand last month has asked Maryland’s top court to review the punishment. Lawyers for Baltimore City Circuit Judge Pamela J. White filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the Court of Appeals ...Read More »
Maryland’s top court considers whether a man serving a life sentence for conspiracy to commit murder has a statutory and constitutional right to conduct a potentially exonerating DNA test on evidence the state has.Read More »
Maryland’s top court has upheld a man’s murder conviction and life sentence in the shooting death of a Silver Spring shopkeeper during a botched armed-robbery attempt, saying the damning testimony of the state’s since-discredited ballistics expert was meaningless in light ...Read More »
Police lacked reasonable suspicion to stop and frisk a car passenger following an early morning traffic stop in a high-crime Glen Burnie neighborhood – a pat-down that turned up a handgun and cocaine, a divided Maryland high court has ruled. ...Read More »