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STATE OF MARYLAND v. ROBERT BREEDING

Criminal procedure — Writ of error coram nobis — Failure to state on record that plea was voluntary

After the Circuit Court for Allegany County granted the petition filed by Robert Breeding, appellee, for a writ of error coram nobis, the State, appellant, appealed. The coram nobis court held that Breeding was entitled to a new trial because the trial court erred in accepting his guilty plea in July 2008 without announcing on the record — as then required by Maryland Rule 4-242(c) — that the court found the plea to be voluntary.

The State presents a single question: “Did the circuit court improperly grant Breeding’s request for coram nobis relief?”

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