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Maryland high court defers to legislature, rejects rule to reduce youthful offenders’ sentences (access required)

Maryland’s top court rejected a proposal to give circuit court judges discretion to reduce the life sentences of convicts who committed their crimes before age 25 and who have served at least 24 years in prison.

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Md. high court lets stand judge’s slash of $20M award to $1 (access required)

A judge’s slashing of a $20 million jury verdict to $1 will stand after Maryland’s top court on Monday declined without comment to hear a Baltimore defense company’s argument that Beretta U.S.A. Corp. should be held fully liable for having ...

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Maryland high court rejects rule to reduce young adult offenders’ sentences (access required)

Maryland’s top court on Monday returned to the state judiciary’s rules committee a proposal to give circuit court judges discretion to reduce the life sentences of convicts who committed their crimes before reaching age 25 and who have served at ...

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General Assembly rejects Hogan’s crime-fighting proposals (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s effort to enact mandatory minimum prison terms for repeat gun offenders and to discourage judges from handing down reduced sentences was rebuffed during an abbreviated General Assembly session, thanks to the Democratic-led legislature’s opposition ...

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Baltimore judge assails constitutionality of Hogan’s judicial scorecard (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – A Baltimore judge Tuesday assailed as constitutionally suspect Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative proposal to require a state commission to compile the violent crime sentences handed down by each Maryland circuit court judge, saying the bill could spur harsher ...

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4th Circuit upholds convictions of three Baltimore gang members (access required)

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the racketeering-related convictions of three violent Baltimore gang members after concluding the trial judge had properly addressed their attorneys’ concerns about anxiety-related jury bias due to jurors’ fears of gang retaliation. Lawyers for ...

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Judges may deny video replays in closing arguments, Md. high court says (access required)

Trial judges have broad discretion as to whether criminal-defense attorneys may replay trial testimony via video during closing arguments, Maryland’s top court ruled Thursday in upholding a Baltimore police officer’s conviction for shooting an unarmed man. In its decision, the ...

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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 ...

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