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Oct 17, 2022

Suspected flirtation with defendant prompts juror’s dismissal

Today is Monday, the 91st anniversary of Al Capone’s conviction for tax evasion, belying the gangster’s argument that “they can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” Here are some other news items. — Michigan judge removes juror who allegedly flirted with defendant. — Will a prosecution witness’s regretted testimony result in new trial for ex-Th[...]

Feb 18, 2022

Senate passes bill easing ban on felons’ jury service

The Maryland Senate passed legislation that would permit convicted felons to sit on juries after serving their sentences unless their conviction was for witness or jury intimidation.

Feb 26, 2021

Md. Senate panel weighs bill lifting jury ban on ex-convicts

Criminal defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys battled prosecutors Friday over legislation to repeal Maryland’s prohibition on ex-convicts who were imprisoned for more than a year from serving on juries. Appearing before a Senate panel, the sides also squared off on a provision of Senate Bill 625 that would permit those charged with a crime punishable by […]

Mar 11, 2020

Federal courts in Md. to delay jury trials, restrict entry

Federal courts in Maryland will postpone jury trials beginning Monday and are restricting entry to individuals with travel history or contacts that place them at risk of contracting coronavirus. U.S. District Chief Judge James K. Bredar said Thursday afternoon that he expects to issue a standing order delaying all jury trials, civil and criminal, until April […]

Oct 24, 2019

Court of Appeals sets standards for excusing disabled would-be jurors

Maryland trial judges may not excuse prospective jurors because of their disabilities without first seeking to provide reasonable accommodations and concluding that their particular disabilities would prevent them from providing satisfactory service in that case, the state’s top court has unanimously ruled. In its 7-0 decision last week, the Court of Appeals agreed with a […]

Feb 13, 2019

Legislators weigh bill to relax ban on ex-cons serving as jurors

ANNAPOLIS – Under legislation before the General Assembly’s judicial committees, Maryland’s ban on jury service by people who have served — or who currently face a charge punishable by — more than six months in prison would be relaxed to a prohibition on those who have served or could serve more than a one-year sentence. […]

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