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Criminal procedure — Voir dire — Internet research of potential jurors

Following a sixteen-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, appellant, Joseph Patrick Soule, was found guilty of second-degree murder and subsequently sentenced to thirty years of incarceration.

He timely filed this appeal and presents the following questions for our review: 1. Did the trial court err in granting the State’s motion to preclude [a]ppellant’s third-party perpetrator evidence which violated [a]ppellant’s due process right to present a defense? 2. Did the trial court err in refusing to allow into evidence remaining portions of [a]ppellant’s police interrogations where those portions were admissible under the doctrine of verbal completeness? 3. Did the trial court abuse its discretion and deprive [a]ppellant of a fair and impartial trial when it refused to allow defense counsel to conduct internet research of potential jurors during voir dire? 4. Did the trial court commit reversible error when it denied [a]ppellant’s requested voir dire regarding [a]ppellant’s constitutional rights?

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