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DOMINICK BROOKS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Content of voicemail

Convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of first degree murder and related offenses, appellant, Dominick Brooks,1 presents five questions, which we rephrase for clarity, for our review:

I. Did the court abuse its discretion in admitting evidence of the content of a voicemail? II. Was Brooks prejudiced by the court’s admission of hearsay? III. Did the court abuse its discretion in precluding trial counsel from using hearsay to impeach a witness? IV. Where the court, in response to a request by the jury, gave the jury a written copy of the elements of first degree murder and second degree murder, did the court abuse its discretion in denying Brooks’s request that the court also give the jury a written copy of the court’s instruction on reasonable doubt? V. Did the court abuse its discretion in controlling the scope of trial counsel’s closing argument?

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