Tag Archives: fair trial

In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic

The Montgomery County experience is being or will shortly be replicated in courtrooms across Maryland’s 22 other counties and Baltimore city.

Montgomery County’s first criminal jury trial in a socially distanced world went “flawlessly,” and the selection of the masked jurors went “quicker than normal,” the county’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the jury was selected within ...

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Justices show interest in hearing Germantown murderer’s appeal

People walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is postponing arguments for late March and early April because of the coronavirus, including fights over subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The U.S. Supreme Court has shown interest in hearing the appeal of a woman sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of her husband’s ex-wife in Germantown seven years ago. The justices have asked the Maryland Attorney General’s ...

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Judge acted as prosecutor at murder trial, Md. high court says

Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. in 2007. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz.)

A unanimous Maryland high court Thursday refused to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction in Baltimore, saying the judge violated the defendant’s due-process rights by reopening the trial – on his own motion – so the state could present damaging palm-print ...

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Judge’s reopening of murder trial draws Md. high court’s attention

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

A defense attorney urged Maryland’s top court Wednesday not to reinstate a first-degree murder conviction, saying the judge violated the defendant’s due-process rights by reopening the trial – on the jurist’s own motion -- so the state could present damaging palm-print evidence.

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Md. high court validates alternate juror at deliberations

Maryland Court of Appeals. (file)

An alternate juror’s silent attendance during jury deliberations does not generally violate a defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial, Maryland’s top court ruled Wednesday in upholding an attempted-first-degree-murder conviction and life sentence. In its 6-1 decision, the Court of ...

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Md. high court weighs whether judges must provide privacy option for would-be jurors

It’s essential lawyers and judges continue to advise a Maryland State Bar Association committee on its draft of model voir dire questions, according to committee co-chair Paul Mark Sandler, who noted the bench and bar have different goals during the jury-selection process.

Before questioning prospective jurors about their biases, judges must tell them they can give potentially embarrassing answers privately at the bench rather than before the entire courtroom, a criminal-defense attorney told Maryland’s top court Thursday.

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