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Post-conviction DNA law applies to violent crimes, not conspiracy, Md. court says

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

People convicted of conspiracy to commit a violent crime have neither a statutory nor constitutional right to conduct a potentially exonerating DNA test on evidence in the state’s possession, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Tuesday.

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Md. high court weighs how Unger appeals should be handled

Maryland Court of Appeals. (file)

Attorneys for a convicted rapist and the state argued Thursday over whether Maryland appellate courts should routinely order new trials for inmates convicted of violent crimes before 1980 or if their appeals should be uniformly reviewed by circuit courts to determine if the convicts’ due process rights were in fact violated and a retrial is in order.

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