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Law digest – 4/1/15

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Consecutive sentences: Where defendant was given consecutive sentences for multiple convictions arising from the same armed robbery, Court of Special appeals properly affirmed circuit court’s imposition of consecutive sentences because, under CR §4-204, imposition ...

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RONALD QUITMAN ELLIS v. STATE OF MARYLAND

In 1981, Ronald Quitman Ellis (“Ellis”) pled guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter, and the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County imposed sentences for these convictions. Over twenty years later, Ellis challenged the sentences ...

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Opinions – 3/12/15: Maryland Court of Appeals

Criminal Procedure Eyewitness identification  BOTTOM LINE: The extrajudicial photo identification of the defendant was not impermissibly suggestive where the photographs of four of the six individuals in the photographic array were slightly elongated in the face and torso. CASE: Smiley ...

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Law digest – 3/5/15

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Law, Rule of Lenity: Where there were two overlapping, but not identical, criminal offenses prohibiting individuals previously convicted of certain drug-related crimes from possessing certain types of firearms, the prosecutor had discretion to charge the ...

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Law digest – 2/5/15

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Contract Law, Letters of intent: Letter of intent was enforceable as a binding contract because the plain language of the letter demonstrated that the parties intended to be bound and it expressed definite agreement on all ...

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Law digest – 1/28/15

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS  Criminal Procedure, Probation: Probation agent’s instruction — that defendant, who was released early from prison subject to mandatory supervision, comply with a condition of mandatory supervision by submitting to a polygraph test — was not outside ...

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