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Tag Archives: jury selection

Kazadi leads to overturned convictions, praise and prosecutorial lessons (access required)

About a dozen overturned convictions have followed the Maryland high court’s landmark decision last year requiring judges to ask prospective jurors – when requested by defense counsel – if they can presume the defendant innocent, require the prosecution to prove ...

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In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic (access required)

Montgomery County’s first criminal jury trial in a socially distanced world went “flawlessly,” and the selection of the masked jurors went “quicker than normal,” the county’s chief prosecutor said Thursday. State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the jury was selected within ...

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Md. courts make adjustments to resume jury trials Oct. 5, judges say (access required)

Maryland’s circuit courts will be ready to resume jury trials Oct. 5 in a socially distanced world by taking creative steps, such as converting firehouses to jury rooms, conducting jury selection via Zoom and having jurors sit and deliberate in ...

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Md. high court: ‘Strong feelings’ voir dire question must be unadorned (access required)

Attention Maryland circuit court judges: The only way for you to ask prospective jurors if they have strong feelings about the crime charged is to ask them – without elaboration – “Do you have strong feelings about” the crime charged. ...

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Md. court overturns murder conviction, citing right to public trial (access required)

Maryland’s second-highest court Friday overturned the second-degree murder conviction of a man accused of beating his girlfriend to death in Dundalk, saying the trial judge unconstitutionally barred the defendant’s family from attending jury selection. In its reported 3-0 decision, the ...

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Jury selection for Goodson to begin Monday despite witness issue (access required)

Jury selection for the officer facing the most serious charge for his alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray last April is scheduled to begin Monday, but an appellate order barring the testimony of a key witness may cause ...

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Jury selection underway in Porter case (access required)

Protests on the street could be heard inside the fourth-floor Baltimore courtroom where dozens of prospective jurors appeared Monday morning as jury selection began in the case against Officer William Porter, one of six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

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