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Murderers’ ‘duress defense’ applies only to imminent death, Md. court says

FILE - In this June 21, 2016 file photo, a child peers from behind the door of her home, covered with Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang graffiti, in Soyapango, El Salvador. The Maryland Court of Appeals said the sentencing judge validly considered Oscar Cruz-Quintanilla’s 10-year membership in MS-13, a gang so violent – and devoid of any lawful activity – that its initiation involves committing a crime.(AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

Members of violent gangs who kill out of fear they would soon be killed if they disobeyed a deadly order cannot later claim they acted out of duress in order to change a murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, Maryland’s second-highest ...

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High court calls violence in racketeering an impeachable offense

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Gang members convicted of violent crimes can certainly be reminded of their convictions when testifying as witnesses in criminal cases, Maryland’s top court has unanimously held in ruling that a defense attorney was wrongfully denied the opportunity to note a ...

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Gang membership can be considered at sentencing, Md. high court rules

FILE - In this June 21, 2016 file photo, a child peers from behind the door of her home, covered with Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang graffiti, in Soyapango, El Salvador. The Maryland Court of Appeals said the sentencing judge validly considered Oscar Cruz-Quintanilla’s 10-year membership in MS-13, a gang so violent – and devoid of any lawful activity – that its initiation involves committing a crime.(AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

A judge can consider at sentencing a convict’s membership in a gang whose violent activities are known and required of all members, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that increasing ...

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Man who stabbed Md. father 89 times sentenced to life

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ROCKVILLE — A man who killed a Maryland father of two by stabbing him 89 times has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Mauricio Morales-Caceres was sentenced Friday in Montgomery County. He killed 36-year-old Oscar Navarro ...

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