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JAMES McGRUDER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Closing argument by state — Improperly vouching for witness

A jury in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County convicted James McGruder, appellant, of second-degree assault, fourth-degree burglary, and violating an ex parte protective order. Appellant was sentenced to a term of ten years’ imprisonment, with all but three years suspended, on the conviction of assault, a consecutive term of three years’ imprisonment, all suspended, on the conviction of burglary, and a term of 90 days’ imprisonment on the conviction of violating a protective order.

In this appeal, appellant presents the following questions for our review:

1. Did the trial court err in limiting appellant’s cross-examination of a State’s witness?

2. Did the trial court err in permitting allegedly improper closing argument by the State?

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