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Duress defense applies only to imminent death, Maryland high court says (access required)

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 top court unanimously ruled Friday.

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Murderers’ ‘duress defense’ applies only to imminent death, Md. court says (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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