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ROBERT BROWN v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Defendant’s right not to testify — Impermissible influence by court

Robert Brown, appellant, was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County of second-degree assault of his then-girlfriend. The court imposed the maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, and suspended all but 18 months of that sentence, to be followed by five years of supervised probation. On appeal, Brown claims (1) that the trial court impermissibly influenced his decision whether or not to testify; and (2) that the sentencing court relied on “impermissible considerations.”

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