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SHAMIRA HARRIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

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?

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