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Tag Archives: Paul Mark Sandler

Did Clarence Darrow bribe those jurors? (access required)

It appears that this remarkable trial lawyer, noted for his mesmerizing eloquence in court and for defending controversial individuals, may have bribed two prospective jurors in the so-called McNamara case. Clarence Darrow denied this officially, but on occasion inferred the ...

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A precursor of Miranda v. Arizona (access required)

The growth of our common law evolves on a case-by-case basis, beginning in the Middle Ages during the time of Henry II in the 1160s.  The king created the King’s Bench, a circuit of judges known as the Assizes. They ...

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Opening statements: A perspective (access required)

The theoretical purpose of the opening statement is to present to the judge or jury the evidence you plan to present during the trial. All this, but without arguing. Argument is reserved for closing, after the evidence has been presented ...

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These Maryland Rules need changes (access required)

If you were presenting expert testimony pursuant to Md. Rule 5-702 before the landmark opinion Rochkind v. Stevenson, 471 Md. 1 (2020), you were proceeding under the Frye-Reed standard for admissibility of scientific evidence. (The opinion must be generally accepted ...

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A perspective on direct examination (access required)

Direct examination is the heart of the trial. It is also your greatest challenge. You must avoid leading questions used in cross-examination, and ask open-ended questions, meaning that unlike other parts of the trial, you have no control. The interchange ...

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Luther Martin, among Md.’s finest lawyers (access required)

Luther Martin (1748-1826) was one of the most distinguished lawyers in Maryland history and among the most distinguished lawyers in U.S. history. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, in his book “Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and ...

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Thurgood Marshall, a great trial lawyer (access required)

Outstanding advocates of the past, with determination and courage, paved the way for lawyers today. They enhanced the enthusiasm, and skill of their contemporaries, and they can do the same for us. Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) was born in Baltimore and ...

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