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Md. high court upholds conviction of graduating teens’ killer

The court’s decision, written by Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, addressed the breadth of the prosecution’s constitutional obligation to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 decision in Brady v. Maryland. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

A unanimous Maryland high court has upheld a man’s first-degree murder conviction in the killing of two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high school graduation, saying the prosecution’s failure to disclose the investigators’ interview with a witness’s ...

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Killer of graduating teens appeals conviction in Md. high court

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The attorney for a convicted killer of two Montgomery County teenagers on the eve of their high school graduation urged Maryland’s top court Thursday to overturn the first-degree murder conviction, saying the state’s failure to disclose the investigators’ interview with ...

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Frosh urges justices to decline Germantown murderer’s appeal

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court is ruling 5-4 to close the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent. The court's five conservative justices ruled Tuesday that the parents could not sue Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., who killed their unarmed 15-year-old son in 2010.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Maryland’s attorney general has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a woman who killed her husband’s ex-wife in Germantown seven years ago. In papers filed Friday with the justices, Brian ...

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Senate bill would increase time before lifers are eligible for parole

Maryland flag backlit by the sun outside of the Statehouse. MF-D 2/13/03.

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s chief local prosecutors pressed a Senate committee Tuesday to correct what they called a quirk in the state’s sentencing law that enables life-sentenced first-degree murderers or rapists to become eligible for parole after spending less time in ...

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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

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(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 weighs state’s questioning of defendant’s silence

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Prosecutors violated the constitutional rights of a subsequently convicted first-degree murderer by questioning him at trial about what he did not tell police after invoking his right to remain silent, a defense attorney told Maryland’s top court Tuesday.

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Failure to disclose pretrial ID yields murder conviction reversal

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Maryland prosecutors need not tell defense attorneys when a state’s witness has identified a co-defendant before trial – unless that identification would assuredly incriminate the defendant, a divided Maryland high court has ruled in reversing a first-degree murder conviction. In ...

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