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TERRY DORSEY v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Denial of substance abuse treatment — Failure to state why

In 1988, appellant Terry Dorsey was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of first-degree sex offense and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 1989, he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and burglary and was sentenced to life, plus 15 years. In 2020,
the self-represented Mr. Dorsey filed a motion for substance abuse evaluation and commitment to a treatment facility pursuant to Health-General §§ 8-505 and 8-507. Pursuant to an order dated October 7, 2020, the circuit court, “[u]pon its consideration” of
the motion and “no opposition from the State,” denied the request. On appeal, Mr. Dorsey asserts that the court erred in denying his motion without stating any reasons for its decision.

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