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 […]
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.
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.