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ALVIN WRIGHT v. STATE OF MARYLAND

A 13-year-old girl was abducted off the street on her way home from a friend’s house, and thrown into the dark basement of an abandoned row house where she was brutally and repeatedly raped and beaten. A jury, sitting in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, held Alvin Wright (“Appellant”) accountable for the crimes. Appellant was convicted of three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sexual offense, and one count of first-degree assault. Appellant was indicted seven separate times: once for each rape charge, once for each sexual offense charge, and once for the assault charge. The circuit court sentenced Appellant separately for each offense.

Appellant presents the following questions for our review, which we have rephrased and reordered as follows:

I. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion in not permitting defense counsel to ask follow-up questions for the purpose of peremptory challenges during voir dire?

II. Did the circuit court err in admitting hearsay testimony from a forensic nurse and from a redacted medical report?

III. Did the circuit court err in permitting the State to elicit from the forensic nurse her opinion as to whether her findings were consistent with what the victim told her?

Read the unreported opinion.