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On ‘thin blue line’ imagery at trials, Maryland appeals court issues caution

A criminal defendant’s right to an unbiased jury is not necessarily violated by the courtroom presence of a bailiff wearing a face mask emblazoned with the pro-police “thin blue line” flag during trial, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding ...

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In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic

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

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

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

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

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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