Failure to disclose pretrial ID yields murder conviction reversal

Divided high court broadly reads procedural rule

Maryland prosecutors need not tell defense attorneys when a state’s witness has identified a co-defendant before trial – unless that identification would assuredly incriminate the defendant, a divided Maryland high court has ruled in reversing a first-degree murder conviction. In its 4-3 decision, the Court of Appeals read broadly a Maryland criminal-procedure rule requiring prosecutors to ...

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