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JOSEPH LOCKWOOD v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress testimony — Expert-opinion testimony of police officers

Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, appellant Joseph Lockwood (“Lockwood”), was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) (cocaine).

On appeal, Lockwood presents three questions for our review, which we have rephrased slightly as follows:

1. Whether the circuit court erred by permitting a police officer to testify that he and other officers knew Lockwood by name.

2. Whether the circuit court erred by permitting certain expert-opinion testimony from two police officers.

3. Whether the circuit court erred and/or abused its discretion when conducting voir dire of the jurors in response to reported juror-witness interactions, or alternatively, when denying Lockwood’s request for a mistrial.

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