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Law digest – 4/17/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Jury instructions: Although trial court abused its discretion in giving “anti-CSI effect” jury instruction, the abuse of discretion was harmless because evidence presented at trial established certain essential facts of the case and, therefore, ...

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Law digest – 4/10/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS Evidence, Confrontation Clause: The trial court did not violate defendant’s right of confrontation by admitting into evidence assistant medical examiner’s autopsy report through the testimony of the supervising medical examiner because, even though the person ...

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Law digest – 4/3/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS Civil Procedure, Default: Defendant was not entitled to a default judgment against plaintiff for failure to answer defendant’s counterclaim because defendant did not show a substantial and sufficient controversy as to the merits, plaintiff’s failure ...

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Law digest – 3/27/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS  Administrative Law, Client protection fund: A lender who advanced funds to an attorney in exchange for an interest in expected fees was not entitled to recover its losses from the Client Protection Fund when the ...

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Law digest – 3/20/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, De facto arrest: When police detained and transported defendant to the police station in an ongoing criminal investigation for the limited purpose of executing a warrant for his DNA and fingerprints, the three-hour delay ...

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Law digest – 3/13/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS Administrative Law, Exhaustion of remedies: When final administrative orders of County Board of Appeals limited the paving of, and structures placed on, park land leased to a private entity for use as a restaurant, neighbors and ...

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Law digest – 3/6/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS Criminal Procedure, Voir dire: Trial court need not ask during voir dire whether any prospective juror has been a crime victim, but on request, must ask whether any juror has “strong feelings about” the crime charged; ...

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Law digest – 2/27/14

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Competency evaluation: Defense counsel’s passing request to have defendant “evaluated” was not sufficient to trigger the trial judge’s duty to make a determination of competency. Kennedy v. State, No. 51, Sept. Term, 2013. RecordFax ...

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Law digest – 2/20/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS  Administrative Law, Public information request: Plaintiff’s request to Comptroller of the Treasury to Comptroller under the Maryland Public Information Act to produce to him a list of the names and addresses of those entitled to ...

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Law digest – 2/13/14

MARYLAND COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS  Contract Law, Breach of contract: Trial court erred in granting an author judgment as to liability in her breach of contract action against a publisher because evidence submitted was sufficient to have the jury decide ...

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