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ANDREW STEPHEN HULL v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Alleged victim’s journal

We have before this Court an appeal from another disturbing college rape case, this time emanating from Maryland’s eastern shore. At the conclusion of a two-day trial before a jury in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, Appellant, Andrew Stephen Hull, was convicted of second-degree rape and second-degree sexual offense in connection with an attack on a college student, whom we shall refer to as “Ms. M.”

Appellant challenges the trial court’s failure to grant a mistrial after the State, in cross-examining his character witness, asked the witness whether she was aware of charges pending against Appellant for “sexual solicitation” in another county. He also contends that the court erred when it permitted the State to enter the entirety of an 11-page journal kept by Ms. M into evidence. After his sentencing, Appellant noted this timely appeal.

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