Aug 23, 2019

Appeals court finds man failed to prove ‘duress’ due to intimidation

A man convicted of contempt after he refused to testify at a murder trial for fear of reprisal could not claim a duress defense, the Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. Travis Howell was subpoenaed to testify at a murder trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2016 and at first asserted his Fifth Amendment right against […]

Oct 10, 2018

Md. high court will hear witness-intimidation appeal

Maryland’s top court will weigh the vexing issue of witness intimidation after agreeing this week to consider whether a death threat can excuse a prosecution witness from being held in contempt of court for not testifying.

Jul 3, 2018

Death threat does not excuse refusal to testify, Md. court says

A parting death threat to a prosecution witness does not excuse his subsequent refusal to testify, Court of Special Appeals says.

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