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OFFICER JAMES CRAIG v. MYREQ WILLIAMS

Criminal procedure — Voir dire — Media-coverage question

This appeal arises out of an action filed by Myreq Williams (“Williams”), appellee, against Officer James Craig (“Officer Craig”), appellant, a Baltimore City police officer. Williams alleged that he sustained injuries as a result of Officer Craig’s use of excessive force. Following a trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Williams and awarded him $130,000 in damages. On appeal, Officer Craig poses a single question, which we set forth verbatim. Did the circuit court commit reversible error when it refused to ask prospective jurors whether pretrial media coverage of the Baltimore City Police Department left any prospective juror with an incurable negative impression of Baltimore City police officers, when the trial involved claims of misconduct by a city police officer and the trial took place at a time of intense, negative media coverage of the Baltimore City Police Department? For the reasons explained herein, we …

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