Trial judges beware: Any conviction you hand down at a bench trial will be overturned if you fail to state on the record that the defendant’s waiver of the constitutional right to a jury trial was knowing and voluntary.
A Metro bus driver’s negligence in colliding with an automobile on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway two years ago will not cost the transit authority any money, as a federal court jury concluded last week that the plaintiff’s alleged injuries were not proximately caused by the morning rush-hour collision.
BY: Steve Lash
The standard that Maryland jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional, the Court of Appeals held Tuesday. The decision comes three years and four months after the top court heard the challenge by Jody Lee Miles, who was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder and robbery of an [...]
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