Tag Archives: self-defense

Md. high court faults jury instruction in ‘battered spouse’ case

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court has ruled that abuse in prior relationships can be evidence of Battered Spouse Syndrome without its victims having to first show they were repeatedly abused by the significant other they ...

Read More »

Md. high court weighs jury instruction in ‘battered spouse’ case

“We are not asking the court to do anything it hasn’t already done,” said Maryland Assistant Attorney General Carrie J. Williams. (Submitted photo)

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court Thursday grappled with whether a judge properly instructed a jury to determine first if a woman suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome before deciding if she killed her boyfriend in self-defense. ...

Read More »

Court reverses conviction, cites flawed battered-spouse instruction

(Vladimir Cetinski / Depositphotos.com)

Delving into the issue of deadly domestic violence, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Friday that judges have the duty to decide whether to admit into evidence instances of past abuse that indicate defendants may have suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome when ...

Read More »

Trial ordered in death of man found in burning car

The attorney representing a Maryland man charged in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a burned-out car in south-central Pennsylvania says his client maintains that he acted in self-defense.

Read More »

Judge allows school records in Zimmerman trial

SANFORD, Fla. — Prosecutors on Wednesday presented evidence about George Zimmerman’s work in a college criminal justice course, which they say shows the neighborhood watch volunteer knew about Florida’s self-defense law and had aspirations of becoming a police officer. Zimmerman ...

Read More »

Judge deciding neighborhood-watch beating case

The fates of two brothers charged with beating a black teenager while patrolling for a Jewish neighborhood watch are in the hands of a judge in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The two sides presented their closing arguments to Judge Pamela ...

Read More »