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DJUAN BROOKS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Cross-examination of defendant — Use of prior convictions to impeach

Appellant, Djuan Brooks, was tried and convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Shar, J.) of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of heroin. Appellant was sentenced to ten years’ incarceration without the possibility of parole for possession with intent to distribute heroin, and a concurrent ten-year term for the conviction of possession of heroin.

From his conviction and sentence, appellant filed this timely appeal and presents the following question, which we quote: Did the trial court err in ruling that [a]ppellant’s prior convictions could be used to impeach him if he testified?

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