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DEON PHILLIPS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion for mistrial — Juror’s potential bias

A jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City convicted Deon Phillips, appellant, of theft and possession of a regulated firearm by a disqualified person. The jury acquitted appellant of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. The
court sentenced him to sixteen and one-half years, with all but eleven and one-half years suspended (the first five without parole), and five years of probation. On May 11, 2020, the circuit court granted appellant’s petition for postconviction relief in the form of a right
to file a belated appeal from his convictions.

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