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Harrell stars in ‘CSI: Annapolis’

Judge Glenn T. Harrell has written in the past about the “CSI effect” on juries. And he was back at it earlier this month in a reported Court of Special Appeals opinion where the state challenged a conviction tossed because of an “anti-CSI” voir dire question.

You could say there was a “CSI effect” on the beginning of his opinion:

“Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, Ninety-nine bottles of beer. You swab one down and run it through CODIS, Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.”

Lines spoken by the character Greg Sanders on “CSI” Season 3, Episode 19 “A Night at the Movies” (CBS-TV. Episode aired 10 April 2003)

Even better, he later quotes, from another appellate opinion, a trial judge in a different trial:

I’m going to assume, based on having done this before, that many of you watch way too much television, including the so-called realistic crime shows, like CSI, Miami, and CSI, New York, and CSI, Glen Burnie, Law and Order, and Illegal and Unwarranted and the rest of them

“CSI Glen Burnie”? I’d probably watch that.

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