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Feb 23, 2023

Defense counsel assails bill requiring alleged violent criminals’ detention

A Republican-backed bill to prevent judges from releasing before trial certain defendants charged with a violent crime drew criticism from defense attorneys.

Adnan Syed, center right, leaves the courthouse after a hearing on Sept. 19, 2022, in Baltimore. Syed, who was released from a Maryland prison this year after his case was the focus of the true-crime podcast “Serial,” has been hired by Georgetown University as a program associate for the university's Prisons and Justice Initiative, the university said. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
Feb 2, 2023

Md. court hears victim’s appeal of hearing that freed Adnan Syed

Attorneys for Hae Min Lee’s brother argued that Adnan Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated because her family was denied adequate opportunity to testify before the guilty verdict was vacated.

Dec 8, 2022

Court upholds UM murder conviction, OKs racist meme evidence

A Maryland appeals court Wednesday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a white man who stabbed to death a Black U.S. Army 2nd lieutenant at the University of Maryland five years ago, saying the jury was validly permitted to hear evidence that the killer belonged to a neo-Nazi group and stored racially offensive memes on […]

Sep 30, 2022

Dismissal of charges last resort for Brady violations, Md. appeals court says

Maryland's failure to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence requires dismissal of charges only when a new and fair trial is impossible, appeals court says.

Jun 1, 2022

Maryland high court weighs constitutionality of ‘thin blue line’ at trials

A criminal defendant cannot receive a fair jury trial when a bailiff wears a face mask emblazoned with the pro-police “thin blue line” flag during the court proceeding, a defense attorney told Maryland’s top court.

Feb 11, 2022

Maryland high court will weigh constitutionality of ‘thin blue line’ at trials

Maryland’s top court will weigh if defendant’s right to a fair trial is inherently violated by a bailiff wearing a "thin blue line" face mask in the courtroom.

Jan 31, 2022

Judges call Hogan’s judicial transparency proposal unconstitutional

Judges oppose Gov. Larry Hogan’s call for a bill requiring that a commission compile the sentences each circuit court judge renders against violent criminals.

Nov 2, 2021

Supreme Court declines to hear false-testimony appeal in Waldorf slaying

The Supreme Court declined to consider if a prosecutor was obligated to tell the jury or merely defense counsel that the state’s star witness falsely testified.

Oct 28, 2021

On ‘thin blue line’ imagery at trials, Maryland appeals court issues caution

A criminal defendant’s right to an unbiased jury is not necessarily violated by the courtroom presence of a bailiff wearing a face mask emblazoned with the pro-police “thin blue line” flag during trial, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding a child abuse conviction. But the Court of Special Appeals also called it a good […]

Aug 12, 2021

Maryland high court overturns sentence, calls judge’s comments unfair

A judge violated a convict's rights by denying his request to have his mother testify and to prepare a report before sentencing, Maryland’s top court ruled.

Aug 11, 2021

Handgun possession crime requires no knowledge, Maryland high court says

Defendants need not know they were wearing, carrying or transporting a handgun to be found guilty of the crime, Maryland’s high court unanimously rules.

May 17, 2021

Supreme Court declines Frederick killer’s cold case appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a convicted rapist and murderer’s argument that his constitutional right to due process was violated during the 20-year span between the brutal slaying of a teenage girl in Frederick and his indictment and trial. Without comment, the justices let stand a Maryland Court of Special Appeals […]

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