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SHAWN A. PARKS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Voir dire — Ability to be impartial

Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Shawn A. Parks, appellant, was convicted of one count of first-degree murder. He raises two issues on appeal: (1) whether the trial court plainly erred in asking voir dire questions that required prospective jurors to self-assess their ability to be impartial, and (2) whether his trial counsel was ineffective in failing to object to the voir dire questioning format used by the trial court.

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