Md. high court: Defense’s victim-blaming opening cannot be rebutted

A defense attorney’s opening statement blaming the victim of a violent crime does not “open the door” for the prosecutor to present evidence of the victim’s peaceful demeanor, Maryland's top court unanimously ruled in a murderer’s appeal Friday. Rather, the prosecution must wait for the defense to put forth evidence of the victim’s aggressiveness before making ...

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