Judge acted as prosecutor at murder trial, Md. high court says

Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate conviction

A unanimous Maryland high court Thursday refused to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction in Baltimore, saying the judge violated the defendant’s due-process rights by reopening the trial – on his own motion – so the state could present damaging palm-print testimony. Baltimore City Circuit Judge Stephen J. Sfekas “essentially acted as a prosecutor” and tipped the ...

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