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Appeals court finds man failed to prove ‘duress’ due to intimidation

A man convicted of contempt after he refused to testify at a murder trial for fear of reprisal could not claim a duress defense, the Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Travis Howell was subpoenaed to testify at a murder trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2016 and at first asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, ...

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