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JOSEPH JACKSON v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal law — Sufficiency of evidence — Armed carjacking and robbery

A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted appellant, Joseph Jackson, of armed carjacking, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of cocaine. After the trial court sentenced him to 30 years in prison, Jackson filed a timely notice of appeal.

He asks us to consider the following questions: 1. Did the trial judge abuse discretion by ruling that the prosecutor could use a prior conviction for carjacking to impeach Mr. Jackson? 2. Is the evidence legally insufficient to sustain the convictions for armed carjacking and robbery with a dangerous or deadly weapon? 3. Did the court below abuse discretion by denying the motion for a new trial?

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