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General Assembly rejects Hogan’s crime-fighting proposals

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

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

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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

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

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

Maryland Court of Appeals (File Photo)

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

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

The Court of  Appeals building.
(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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Baltimore delegate backs mandatory sentences after grandson’s slaying

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ANNAPOLIS – A delegate whose grandson was shot to death in Baltimore last Labor Day urged senators Thursday to pass legislation to impose mandatory minimum sentences on repeat gun offenders, a position at odds with the legislator’s more liberal views ...

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