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Tag Archives: confrontation clause

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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Opinions – 10/3/11: Maryland Court of Appeals

Constitutional Law Confrontation Clause BOTTOM LINE: The statements made during a 911 call were non-testimonial and therefore admissible under the Confrontation Clause because they were made during an ongoing emergency. CASE: Langley v. State, No. 51, Sept. Term, 2008 (filed ...

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Opinions – Maryland Court of Special Appeals: 7/18/11

Administrative Law Discovery BOTTOM LINE: The administrative Board erroneously excluded defendant-dentist’s expert witness summaries and testimony, and therefore, the Board’s finding that defendant violated several provisions of the Maryland Dentistry Act was vacated. CASE: Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners ...

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Supreme Court confronts case of substitute lab analyst

WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a lab report introduced as criminal evidence is testimonial in nature, requiring the technician who prepared it to be available to testify, the justices are still wrangling with ...

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