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MICHAEL DAVIS, JR. v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Waiver of right to counsel — Knowingly and intelligently

A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Michael Davis, appellant, of extortion and witness retaliation. He was sentenced to a term of ten years’ imprisonment, with all but six years suspended, for the conviction of extortion and a concurrent term of five years’ imprisonment for the conviction of witness retaliation.

In this appeal, he presents the following questions for our review, which we have reordered for the purpose of this opinion: 1. Did the circuit court err by failing to determine that appellant knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel under Maryland Rule 4- 215(e)? 2. Did the circuit court err by allowing the State to inquire into appellant’s fifteen-year-old resisting arrest charge for which he was not convicted?

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