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LEUMAS ERIC WHITE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Closing argument by state — Law of self-defense

A jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County convicted Leumas White, appellant, of first-degree assault, using a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and wearing and carrying a firearm. Appellant was sentenced to a total of 45 years’ imprisonment, with all but seven years suspended. In this appeal, appellant presents the following questions for our review, which we rephrase:

1. Did the trial court err in failing to grant a mistrial or, in the alternative, in failing to give an immediate curative instruction following an improper comment by the State during appellant’s testimony?

2. Did the trial court err in overruling defense counsel’s objection to a comment made by the State during closing arguments regarding the law of self-defense?

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