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Aug 30, 2022

Maryland high court declines to strengthen legal standard for harmless error in criminal cases

Maryland's top court reaffirmed the decades-old standard for determining whether a trial court's error during a criminal case was harmless in an opinion issued late last week.

Jun 7, 2019

Judiciary extends program to text court date reminders to defendants

The Judiciary has sent text messages to more than 9,000 people since December to remind them of court dates and plans to continue exploring options for the notification system. A six-month pilot program launched in early December allowed defendants in district court who are screened for public defender representation to register their mobile numbers and […]

Aug 12, 2014

Federal judge upholds Md. ban on assault weapons

A federal judge has upheld a state law banning certain assault-style weapons and magazines.

Apr 15, 2014

Judge allows prosthetist to see former patients

A prosthetic company cannot block a former employee from seeing 10 patients he worked with before joining a rival firm, a judge has ruled.

Aug 10, 2012

So you want to be a trial court clerk …

With my clerkship in Baltimore City Circuit Court quickly coming to an end, I have had the chance to reflect on my experience clerking for a trial court judge – both what I have learned along the way and wish I knew at the outset. ...

Nov 14, 2011

Court of Special Appeals overturns murder conviction

A man convicted of murder is entitled to a new trial because his first jury heard, three times, that he was on parole at the time of the killing, the Court of Special Appeals held Monday. The court said the prosecutor should not have referenced Marquis Evans’ parole in opening statements or solicited testimony that […]

Jul 31, 2011

Opinions – Maryland Court of Special Appeals: 8/1/11

Criminal Law Plea agreements BOTTOM LINE: Plea agreement, under which defendant pleaded guilty to rape in exchange for the state entering a nolle prosequi to charges of burglary and first-degree sexual offense, did not preclude state from subsequently prosecuting defendant for uncharged offenses. CASE: Buzbee v. State, No. 0170, Sept. Term, 2010 (filed July 7, […]

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