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Criminal procedure — Writ of actual innocence — Lack of supporting evidence

In 1997, a jury in the Circuit Court for Somerset County found appellant, David Brightwell, guilty of two counts of armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, and related offenses stemming from his participation in a robbery of a gas station. The court sentenced him to 50 years’ imprisonment. This Court affirmed the judgments. Brightwell v. State, No. 502, September Term, 1998 (Md. App. March 30, 1999).

In March 2021, Mr. Brightwell, representing himself, filed a petition for writ of actual innocence, which the circuit court summarily denied and dismissed without a hearing.

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