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In Montgomery County, trials resume with masked jurors amid pandemic

The Montgomery County experience is being or will shortly be replicated in courtrooms across Maryland’s 22 other counties and Baltimore city.

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

“The days of packing jurors in jury rooms across this state and sitting shoulder to shoulder in a jury box are over for now,” said Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Sheila R. Tillerson Adams. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

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

“Here, we unequivocally hold that, despite the circumstance – and our recognition – that jury nullification sometimes occurs, jury nullification is not authorized in Maryland and a jury does not have the right to engage in jury nullification,” Judge Shirley M. Watts wrote for the high court majority. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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

The Court of  Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

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

Officer Caesar Goodson arrives in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Jan. 6. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

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

William Porter, right, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, walks into a courthouse with his attorney Joseph Murtha for jury selection in his trial on Monday in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. (Rob Carr/Pool Photo via AP)

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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