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Feb 7, 2023

Media reps, prosecutor split on how airing testimony should be banned

Media reps and a prosecutor disagreed on the Maryland Judiciary’s effort to let recordings of criminal trials be aired while respecting the witnesses’ safety and dignity.

Adnan Syed, center right, leaves the courthouse after a hearing on Sept. 19, 2022, in Baltimore. Syed, who was released from a Maryland prison this year after his case was the focus of the true-crime podcast “Serial,” has been hired by Georgetown University as a program associate for the university's Prisons and Justice Initiative, the university said. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
Feb 2, 2023

Md. court hears victim’s appeal of hearing that freed Adnan Syed

Attorneys for Hae Min Lee’s brother argued that Adnan Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated because her family was denied adequate opportunity to testify before the guilty verdict was vacated.

Dec 9, 2022

Lee’s family seeks redo of Syed’s hearing, says victims’ rights violated

The family of a young woman killed in 1999 has appealed a Baltimore judge’s order vacating the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, who was imprisoned for decades for Hae Min Lee’s death. In papers filed Friday with the Court of Special Appeals, Lee’s brother Young argued through counsel that the family’s constitutional and statutory rights […]

May 3, 2021

Texas inmate’s death leads to $1.6M settlement

Welcome to Monday, the 50th anniversary of National Public Radio. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Texas county pays $1.6 million settlement in death of allegedly untreated ill inmate. — What is the secret of attorney Ben Crump‘s success? — Victims’ families have a North Carolina district attorney removed from […]

Apr 5, 2021

Crime victims allege Baltimore police violate 4th Amendment

The Baltimore Police Department routinely violates the constitutional rights of violent crime victims by searching, seizing and retaining their personal property without a warrant or consent, a civil rights group has alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in federal district court. The three plaintiffs named in the suit claim that “after they were assaulted, […]

Apr 16, 2020

Court: Victims have say before plea deals are approved

Court-approved plea bargains can be scrapped if the crime victims were not given an opportunity to challenge the deal, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled this week. In a reported decision, the Court of Special Appeals said vacating the plea agreements preserves the victims’ constitutional and statutory rights to give impact statements. Meanwhile, vacating the agreements does […]

Oct 9, 2017

Md. high court weighs constitutionality of victim-impact video

A defense attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday that a videotaped, set-to-music victim-impact statement designed to stir a sentencing judge’s emotions violated a convicted double-murderer’s federal constitutional rights to due process and be free from arbitrary and capricious punishment. “A sentencing proceeding in a homicide case is not a memorial service for the [&hellip[...]

Sep 5, 2017

Md. high court opens term with Fourth Amendment, due-process cases on docket

Maryland’s top court on Wednesday opens the public sessions of its 2017-2018 term in which it will consider among its approximately 150 appeals the constitutional rights of individuals who flee from the police and of convicted criminals at sentencing. On its first public day, the Court of Appeals will hear a request that it reinstate […]

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