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Md. high court: Defense’s victim-blaming opening cannot be rebutted

“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)

A defense attorney’s opening statement blaming the victim of a violent crime does not “open the door” for the prosecutor to present evidence of the victim’s peaceful demeanor, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled in a murderer’s appeal Friday. Rather, the ...

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