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Tag Archives: voir dire

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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Justices decline Westminster robber’s ineffective-counsel appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a convicted Westminster armed robber’s argument that his trial attorney’s failure to exclude from the jury a juror who had acknowledged potential bias against accused thieves rendered the conviction invalid despite the ...

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Md. high court weighs mandatory jury questions

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top court appears poised to overturn its longstanding precedent and require judges to specifically ask prospective jurors if they can presume the defendant is innocent, require the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and ...

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