Tag Archives: prosecutorial misconduct

Bar counsel presses for former State’s Attorney Cassilly’s disbarment

Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly in his Bel Air, Md. office (File)

The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission will continue to press for retired Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly’s disbarment after a judge recommended he be merely reprimanded for having withheld a potentially exculpatory report from the defense in a decades-old ...

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Judge finds ex-prosecutor Cassilly withheld evidence, misled court

02.27.09 BEL AIR, MD.  Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly in his Bel Air, Md. office. Photo by Rich Dennison/The Daily Record

Then-Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly withheld a potentially exculpatory report from defense counsel in a long-running first-degree murder case and then misled the post-conviction court about its existence, a hearing judge reviewing allegations of ethical wrongdoing by Cassilly ...

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Out-of-state defense lawyers urge justices to hear Frederick killer’s appeal

In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In an appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, criminal defense attorneys from outside the state have assailed Maryland’s “rigid” rule enabling prosecutors to prosecute cold cases so long as the prosecution’s delay in securing an indictment was not designed to give the state a tactical advantage over the defendant.

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Md. court overturns ex-police chief’s misconduct conviction

Judge Andrea M. Leahy, writing for the panel, found that “people have a reasonable expectation of privacy that their cell phones will not be used as real-time tracking devices by law enforcement.” (File)

Maryland’s second-highest court on Thursday overturned a former Pocomoke City police chief’s official misconduct conviction, saying he was wrongfully denied the opportunity to present at trial expert testimony that his refusal to cite a motorist after a car crash was ...

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Convicted ‘Serial’ killer says state failed to share exculpatory evidence

C. Justin Brown (File photo)

An attorney for convicted murderer and “Serial” podcast star Adnan Syed urged a Baltimore trial court Tuesday to examine whether prosecutors failed to disclose to defense counsel telephone phone records that could substantiate his alibi for that fateful day.

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