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RAOUL JERMAR SMITH v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Illegal sentence — merger of gun possession and use of firearm

A jury in the Circuit Court for Washington County convicted Raoul Jermar Smith, appellant, of multiple assault and firearms offenses against two bar patrons with whom he had argued. Smith raises the following challenges to his convictions and sentences: 1. Did the circuit court abuse its discretion in declining to ask defense counsel’s proposed voir dire question number 24? 2. Did the circuit court err or abuse its discretion in disallowing two defense witnesses to testify? 3. Must the sentence for wearing and carrying a handgun merge into the sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence?

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