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DERRICK LAMONT BROWN v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Waiver of counsel — Knowing and intelligent

In 2006, a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County convicted Derrick Lamont Brown, appellant, of attempted first-degree murder. The court sentenced him to a term of life in prison. This Court affirmed the conviction in an unreported opinion, Brown v. State, No. 2629, Sept. Term, 2006 (filed January 9, 2009). Appellant subsequently filed a petition for post-conviction relief. Following a hearing, the post-conviction court found that appellant was denied effective assistance of appellate counsel, and he was entitled to file a belated appeal.

Appellant’s sole question on appeal is whether the trial court failed to comply with the requirements of Maryland Rule 4-215, addressing waiver of counsel.

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