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CHRISTOPHER GIBBS, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Cross-examination of defendant — Impeachment

Following a trial in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, a jury convicted Christopher Gibbs, Jr., (“Appellant”) of second-degree rape, robbery, third-degree sexual offense, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary (theft), and theft of property with a value less than $300. The trial court sentenced Appellant to a total prison term of 40 years, after which he filed a timely notice of appeal.

Appellant presents the following question for our consideration: “Did the court err in permitting the State to cross-examine and impeach Mr. Gibbs with a fact it neither proved nor believed in good faith?”

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