Justices will weigh if judges may assess expert’s data in admission ruling
The Maryland Supreme Court will consider if judges may bar an expert from testifying when they disagree not with the methodology but with the data points used.
Md. appeals court: Judges assess method, not data in admitting expert testimony
Judges may bar experts from testifying when their methodology is flawed but may not exclude testimony because the judges disagreed with the data, court says.
Md. high court weighs ballistics testimony under new admissibility standard
The Court of Appeals is weighing the continued admissibility of ballistics testimony.
Md. high court reinstates murder convictions under new expert testimony standard
Maryland’s top court reinstated a double-murder conviction, saying an expert’s trial testimony regarding a killer’s height based on video was validly admitted.
Md. high court to weigh ballistics testimony under stricter standard for scientific testimony
Maryland's top court will weigh if the science linking fatal bullets to specific guns cases survives the court’s new standard for judging scientific testimony.
Md. high court orders firearm evidence review under Daubert
The Maryland Court of Appeals has told a trial court to review whether the long-accepted courtroom science linking fatal bullets to specific guns in homicide cases withstands the high court’s recently adopted standard that permits emerging and contrary scientific theories to be considered. In an order this week, the Court of Appeals instructed the Prince […]
Court’s decision not to reconsider Daubert ruling draws pointed dissents
Two Maryland high court judges have taken the unusual step of sharply criticizing their colleagues for declining to reconsider their decision last month that permits judges to admit into evidence scientific conclusions based on emerging theories that have been peer-reviewed and published but have not yet gained wide acceptance. In a written dissent, Judge Shirley […]
Rulings on science, fiduciary duty, marijuana top Md. high court’s term
Maryland’s top court ended its 2019-2020 session last week having issued landmark rulings permitting the admission of evidence based on emerging sciences, creating a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty and ruling that police may not arrest and search someone for marijuana possession simply because they smell of the drug. During what history […]
Md. high court adopts new standard for scientific testimony
A divided Maryland high court has opened trials to a broader range of science-based testimony than that which is “generally accepted” among scientists, ruling that judges may admit into evidence scientific conclusions based on emerging theories that have been peer reviewed and published but have not yet gained wide acceptance. In its 4-3 decision Friday, […]