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Md. high court faults CSI effect instruction, overturns conviction

A judge’s television crime drama-inspired jury instruction that prosecutors need not present forensic evidence to prove guilt was a harmful error, Maryland’s top court ruled Friday in overturning a man’s robbery and assault conviction and 30-year prison sentence. In its 5-2 decision, the Court of Appeals said the judge’s instruction had unfairly tipped the scales in ...

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