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Law Digest — Md. Court of Special Appeals — March 4, 2021

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Evidence; Gang-related activity: At the defendant’s trial for murder and related charges, the trial court erred by admitting the evidence of two unrelated murders committed by members of the criminal organization known as MS-13 pursuant ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Feb. 25, 2021

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Insurance Law; Title defects: Where the insureds could access their land from a public road, the Maryland Insurance Administration correctly determined that the insurer did not violate the Insurance Code by denying the insureds coverage ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Special Appeals — Feb. 18, 2021

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Constitutional Law; Involuntary commitment: Under §10-708(i) of the Health-General Article, which states that patients involuntarily committed to mental health facilities have the right to request legal or non-legal representation when appealing a clinical review panel’s ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Appeals — Feb. 11, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Criminal Law; Battered Spouse Syndrome: Where defendant charged with murder claimed self-defense and having suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome, trial court erred in its instruction to the jury that, before it could consider all the evidence, ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Appeals — Feb. 4, 2021

  Maryland Court of Appeals Criminal Procedure; Brady violation: Circuit court properly found that undisclosed evidence of witness interviews was not material and that there was no violation of Brady v. Maryland at defendant’s trial, as there was no a reasonable probability that such evidence ...

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Law Digest — US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit — Jan. 28, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Criminal Procedure; Post-release supervision: Where sex offender was sentenced to prison and a term of post-release supervision that included an employment restriction which gave his probation officer unduly broad discretion to approve or deny ...

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Law Digest — U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit — Jan. 21, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Criminal Procedure; Sentencing: Where district court imposed sentence of incarceration and post-release supervision at defendant’s sentencing hearing, then in a later written order added various financial conditions to the post-release supervision component ...

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Law Digest — U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit — Jan. 14, 2021

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Immigration Law; Doctrine of consular non-reviewability: Where government denied alien’s application for a visa following a lengthy review in which it found that alien had misrepresented her age, among other things, in ...

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Law Digest — Maryland Court of Appeals — Jan. 7, 2021

Maryland Court of Appeals Evidence; Relevance: Where defendant’s rap lyrics had a close factual and temporal nexus to details of the murder he was accused of having committed, the circuit court properly allowed the lyrics to be entered into evidence ...

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Law Digest — Court of Appeals, Court of Special Appeals — Dec. 31, 2020

Maryland Court of Appeals Professional Responsibility; Disbarment: Disbarment was the appropriate sanction for a Maryland attorney who, among other things, failed to take necessary and fundamental steps in client cases, including failing to respond to discovery, missing court appearances, appearing ...

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