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Court disbars Md. defense lawyer who compelled guilty plea

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A unanimous Maryland high court has disbarred a young attorney who essentially compelled his immigrant client to plead guilty to a drug trafficking offense without investigating her credible defense of duress, considering the immigration consequences of her plea or filing ...

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High court reverses murder convictions, cites newly found evidence

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Maryland’s top court on Monday unanimously overturned the murder convictions of two men, citing recently discovered evidence pointing to a different suspect and the recent disclosure of a deal investigators made with a major state witness before trial. The Court ...

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Murder suspect declines deal offered by state’s attorney

Prosecuting his first murder case since taking office, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein started by offering on the record a plea bargain with William D. Carr, accused of first-degree murder, that included a life sentence with all but ...

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Law blog roundup

Good luck with your brackets. The following items, like those brackets, are for entertainment purposes only. — What would happen if every defendant rejected a plea bargain? — Does “Obamacare” opponent’s debt hurt her case before the Supreme Court? — Judicial temperament ...

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Sandusky waives hearing, vows to fight charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against a preliminary hearing in his child molestation case, sparing his accusers from making their claims in a packed courtroom Tuesday but still vowing, in his attorney’s words, ...

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Supreme Court weighs duty to disclose plea-deal offers

WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court seemed reluctant Monday to allow criminals to ask for a previously offered plea bargain after they’ve been sentenced, despite the inmates’ claim of misconduct by their lawyers including neglecting to tell their clients that a deal ...

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