Tag Archives: Jury instructions


Appellant filed a petition for a writ of actual innocence and requested a hearing. Appellant asserted that the court improperly instructed the jury as to the mens rea required for the crime of attempted murder. The court denied appellant’s petition without a hearing. Appellant presents one issue: Whether the lower court erred by failing to grant a hearing on the merits.

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Devin Antonio Cooper v. State of Maryland

Did the trial court commit plain error in failing to instruct the jury that they must be unanimous as to the act on which the second degree assault verdict is based where [appellant] was charged with one count of second degree assault and the State presented evidence of multiple acts of assault?

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Law digest – 7/23/12

COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS Criminal Procedure, Jury instructions: The circuit court erred by refusing to submit the charge of fourth-degree burglary to the jury, where the evidence was legally sufficient for defendant to be convicted of either third-degree burglary or ...

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