Criminal procedure — Jury instruction — Reasonable parental discipline
Appellant Shamira Harris was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of second degree assault. The case arose from allegations that appellant and co-defendant Tyrone Fenner abused appellant’s son, T.R.
Appellant timely appealed, presenting the following rephrased questions for our review: 1. Did the trial court commit plain error by failing to instruct the jury that reasonable parental discipline is a justification for second degree assault? 2. Did the absence of an objection to the trial court’s failure to instruct the jury that reasonable parental discipline is a justification for second degree assault deny appellant her constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel?