Criminal procedure — Voir dire — Strong feelings question
A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Phillip Mason of second-degree murder and related offenses in 2015. After the trial, the court sentenced Mason to serve a cumulative sentence of 55 years’ incarceration, the first five without possibility of parole. On November 9, 2019, the court granted appellee’s petition for postconviction relief and ordered that he be granted a new trial.
On appeal, the State presents the following questions1 for this Court’s review: I. Did the post-conviction court err when it granted Mason a new trial because his counsel failed to object to a compound “strong feelings” question? II. Did the post-conviction court err in granting Mason the right to file a belated Motion for Modification of Sentence, Motion for Review of Sentence, and Motion for a New Trial?