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Md. high court will weigh if ‘CSI-effect’ rulings apply retroactively

The Maryland Court of Appeals will consider whether a general prohibition on judges telling prospective or sitting jurors that prosecutors need not present scientific evidence to prove a defendant’s guilt applies to criminal convictions reached before the high court issued ...

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Court of Appeals will review judge’s ‘CSI effect’ jury instruction

Maryland’s top court will consider whether a judge’s television crime drama-inspired jury instruction that prosecutors need not present forensic evidence to prove guilt was a harmless mistake, given that the victim’s compelling testimony left jurors with no reasonable doubt that the defendant had robbed and assaulted her.

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‘CSI effect’ instruction faulted again

Maryland’s top court on Tuesday unanimously overturned a man’s conviction for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Salisbury, saying he was denied a fair trial because the judge told the jury that prosecutors did not need scientific evidence to prove ...

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Court of Special Appeals overturns murder verdict

Maryland’s intermediate appeals court Thursday overturned a first-degree murder conviction in Baltimore, saying the trial judge had violated the defendant’s right to a fair trial by asking prospective jurors if they could convict someone without scientific evidence. That question illegally ...

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Court of Appeals revisits ‘CSI effect’

With a popular TV crime series touting the conclusiveness of DNA evidence, Maryland’s top court last week considered whether a judge violated a defendant’s right to a fair trial by telling the jury that prosecutors did not need scientific evidence ...

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