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BRANDON CLAY HOLLINGSWORTH v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure -- Discharge of counsel -- Required inquiry On April 9, 2014, in the Circuit Court for Caroline County, a jury convicted Appellant Brandon Clay Hollingsworth of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and attempting to obstruct or hinder a law enforcement officer in the performance of a duty. On June 16, 2014, the court imposed a sentence of five years of imprisonment, with all but 18 months suspended, for second-degree assault; a concurrent sentence of one year of imprisonment for reckless endangerment; and a concurrent sentence of six months of imprisonment for the attempted obstruction and hindrance of a police officer. In his timely appeal, Appellant presents three contentions for our review: I. Did the lower court deprive Mr. Hollingsworth of his right to counsel, in violation of the Sixth Amendment to the federal constitution, Article 21 of the Declaration of Rights, and Maryland Rule 4-215? II. Did the lower court err in failing to consider Mr. Hollingsworth’s motion to strike a juror for cause? III. Did the lower court commit plain error in remarking, in front of the jury, that the State had presented sufficient evidence to convict Mr. Hollingsworth?

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