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JOSEPH HERSHEY v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Voir dire — Batson challenge

In the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Joseph Hershey was tried for assault in the second degree. During the selection of alternate jurors, the State exercised a peremptory challenge, which prompted Hershey to raise a general objection to the composition of the regular jury. The court overruled the objection, and the jury ultimately convicted Hershey of second degree assault.

Hershey now appeals from the resulting judgment and asks this Court to remand the case for a hearing on whether the State exercised its peremptory challenges on an impermissibly discriminatory basis.

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