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Batson challenge

Sep 13, 2021

Md. court reverses assault conviction, cites race-based juror exclusion

Cecil County prosecutors unconstitutionally struck the lone prospective Black juror from an assault case because of her race, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Friday in overturning the conviction of the defendant, who is also Black. In it reported 3-0 decision, the Court of Special Appeals said the state provided no “credible, racially neutral rationale” for having […]

Court of Appeals
Sep 8, 2016

Md. high court weighs judges’ role in strikes of would-be jurors

Maryland’s top court grappled Thursday with whether trial judges can consider a prosecutor or criminal defense attorney’s perceived practice of striking would-be jurors because of their race in deciding if the lawyer’s non-discriminatory explanation for excluding individuals from the jury pool is true.

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