Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Tag Archives: fair trial

In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic (access required)

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 ...

Read More »

Justices show interest in hearing Germantown murderer’s appeal (access required)

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 ...

Read More »

Judge acted as prosecutor at murder trial, Md. high court says (access required)

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 ...

Read More »

Judge’s reopening of murder trial draws Md. high court’s attention (access required)

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.

Read More »

Md. high court validates alternate juror at deliberations (access required)

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 ...

Read More »

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

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.

Read More »