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Tag Archives: voir dire

Defendants’ rights not violated by masked prospective jurors, Md. appeals court says

A defendant’s constitutional right to view prospective jurors as they answer questions was not violated by the pandemic-spurred mandate that they wear masks, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled.

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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. high court will weigh if ‘CSI-effect’ rulings apply retroactively

The Maryland Court of Appeals will consider whether a general prohibition on judges telling prospective or sitting jurors that prosecutors need not present scientific evidence to prove a defendant’s guilt applies to criminal convictions reached before the high court issued ...

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Md. high court weighs exception to mandatory voir dire question

A defense attorney and a lawyer for the state battled at Maryland’s high court Monday over whether a judge’s failure to ask prospective jurors if they respect a criminal defendant’s constitutional right not to testify invalidates a subsequent conviction or ...

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Kazadi leads to overturned convictions, praise and prosecutorial lessons

About a dozen overturned convictions have followed the Maryland high court’s landmark decision last year requiring judges to ask prospective jurors – when requested by defense counsel – if they can presume the defendant innocent, require the prosecution to prove ...

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