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DNA analyst must testify, Md. high court rules

Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to cross-examine a DNA analyst whose report puts them at the crime scene “within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” Maryland’s top court has held in overturning the attempted murder and armed-robbery convictions of a man whose DNA was allegedly found on the mask the criminal used.

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Opinions – 10/11/11: Maryland Court of Appeals

Constitutional Law Capital punishment BOTTOM LINE: The Maryland death penalty statute, which allows the jury to find by a preponderance of the evidence that aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating circumstances, did not violate defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. ...

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Opinions – Maryland Court of Special Appeals: 7/18/11

Administrative Law Discovery BOTTOM LINE: The administrative Board erroneously excluded defendant-dentist’s expert witness summaries and testimony, and therefore, the Board’s finding that defendant violated several provisions of the Maryland Dentistry Act was vacated. CASE: Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners ...

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