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Md. high court reinstates conviction in graduation eve murders

A divided Maryland high court Monday reinstated the first-degree murder conviction of a man who killed two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high school graduation five years ago. In its 5-2 decision, the Court of Appeals overturned ...

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Who remembers Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti?

Today is Monday, the 47th anniversary of the premiere of the scandalous and short-lived television series “Hot l Baltimore.” Here are some other news items. — Porn star Stormy Daniels will be a witness for the prosecution against attorney Michael ...

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Defendants have greater right under Md.’s Constitution than U.S., high court says

The Maryland Constitution gives criminal defendants a greater right to confront prosecution witnesses than guaranteed under the federal Constitution, Maryland’s top court said Thursday in holding that the accused have a state constitutional right to cross-examine the authors of damning ...

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Md. lawyers recall Justice Stevens as forceful, thoughtful, bright

Thirty years ago, the attorney for a missing Baltimore baby argued for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would force the mother to reveal the youngster’s whereabouts despite her asserted constitutional right against self-incrimination. Mitchell Y. Mirviss said Thursday that ...

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DNA analyst must testify, Md. high court rules

Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to cross-examine a DNA analyst whose report puts them at the crime scene “within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” Maryland’s top court has held in overturning the attempted murder and armed-robbery convictions of a man whose DNA was allegedly found on the mask the criminal used.

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ANTONIO ROBERT PEDZICH v. STATE OF MARYLAND

I. Was defendant's constitutional right to speedy trial violated? II. Were appellant’s confrontation rights violated by admission of laboratory results on blood alcohol concentration without testimony of persons who drew his blood and the analyst(s) who analyzed it?

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Opinions – 1/17/12: 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Admiralty Law Constructive loss BOTTOM LINE: Where plaintiffs’ yacht was damaged following an allision with an army vessel, doctrine of constructive loss applied to limit plaintiffs’ awardable damages to the market cost of the yacht, because the cost of repairing ...

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Opinions – 10/11/11: Maryland Court of Appeals

Constitutional Law Capital punishment BOTTOM LINE: The Maryland death penalty statute, which allows the jury to find by a preponderance of the evidence that aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating circumstances, did not violate defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial. ...

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