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Tag Archives: self-incrimination

Md. high court finds harmless error exception to mandatory voir dire question

A judge’s failure to ask prospective jurors if they respect a criminal defendant’s constitutional right not to testify is generally rendered harmless if the defendant does in fact take the stand at trial, a divided Maryland high court ruled this ...

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Md. Senate panel weighs bill lifting jury ban on ex-convicts

Criminal defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys battled prosecutors Friday over legislation to repeal Maryland’s prohibition on ex-convicts who were imprisoned for more than a year from serving on juries. Appearing before a Senate panel, the sides also squared off on a ...

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Senate gives initial OK to bill extending protective orders to acquaintances

ANNAPOLIS – The Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them. The measure would broaden existing law, which permits alleged victims ...

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State’s questioning of defendant’s silence spurs Court of Appeals review

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court will consider whether prosecutors violated the constitutional rights of a subsequently convicted first-degree murderer by questioning him at trial about what he did not tell police after invoking his right to remain silent. The Court ...

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