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STATE OF MARYLAND v. KEVIN STEWART

Criminal procedure – Ineffective assistance of counsel — Failure to object to state’s closing argument

Following a hearing, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County granted appellee Kevin Stewart’s petition for post-conviction relief and ordered a new trial.

We granted the State’s application for leave to appeal, and the State presents the following question: Did the post-conviction court err in concluding that trial counsel provided ineffective assistance in failing to object, during the prosecutor’s closing argument, to comments relating to the credibility of a witness?

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