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DONNELL RATCHFORD v. WARDEN, ECI

Criminal procedure — Habeas corpus — Legality of conviction

Donnell Ratchford, appellant, was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of three counts of second degree murder and related offenses, and is serving a total sentence of ninety years. In 2016, Ratchford filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus, in which he contended that he “is being unlawfully confined and restrained,” because “he was in the primary custody and jurisdiction of New York [S]tate at the time he was seized by the [S]tate of Maryland,” and Maryland authorities improperly seized him “without consent from [S]tate of New York authorities.”

The court denied the petition, noting that Ratchford “does not cite or refer to any authority for his . . . position,” and his “reference to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights[,] and other such material does not provide sufficient specificity as to how any such documents give rise to or support his position.” Ratchford appeals that decision.

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