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NORMAN JOSEPH FISHER v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Right to speedy trial — Hicks

A jury in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County convicted Norman Fisher, appellant, of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, illegal possession of ammunition, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence, and illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun. The court sentenced Fisher to ten years’ imprisonment for first degree assault, and to a consecutive five years imprisonment for use of a handgun in the commission of a felony or crime of violence. The court merged the remaining convictions for sentencing. Thereafter, Fisher noted this timely appeal. QUESTIONS PRESENTED 1. Did the trial court err in refusing to grant appellant’s motion for a mistrial? 2. Did the circuit court err in overruling appellant’s objection to postponing his trial date beyond Hicks? For the reasons that follow, we …

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