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Md. court: Hearsay does not apply in battered-spouse-defense trials

Court of Special Appeals deems batterer's taunts admissible

Trial judges must admit an alleged batterer’s taunts into evidence at murder trials when the defense is battered-spouse syndrome, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Thursday in overturning the conviction and life sentence of a girlfriend who fatally shot her boyfriend in Greenbelt. Abusive taunts are being introduced for their psychological impact on the accused killer and not ...

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