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Duress defense applies only to imminent death, Maryland high court says

Members of violent gangs who kill out of fear they would soon be killed if they disobeyed a deadly order cannot later claim they acted out of duress in order to change a murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Friday.

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Murderers’ ‘duress defense’ applies only to imminent death, Md. court says

Members of violent gangs who kill out of fear they would soon be killed if they disobeyed a deadly order cannot later claim they acted out of duress in order to change a murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, Maryland’s second-highest ...

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High court calls violence in racketeering an impeachable offense

Gang members convicted of violent crimes can certainly be reminded of their convictions when testifying as witnesses in criminal cases, Maryland’s top court has unanimously held in ruling that a defense attorney was wrongfully denied the opportunity to note a ...

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Gang membership can be considered at sentencing, Md. high court rules

A judge can consider at sentencing a convict’s membership in a gang whose violent activities are known and required of all members, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that increasing ...

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