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Who is in the picture?

It is becoming more and more common for buildings such as businesses to have surveillance cameras, and the police commonly search for and obtain surveillance video in an effort to identify suspects. E…

What is Excessive Force by Police?

All too often we hear about claims that police have used deadly force when it was unnecessary, but courts are also called upon to assess the use of less deadly force by officers in dealing with the pu…

The physically helpless victim

All too often we hear about crimes of sexual violence where the victim claims that he or she was too intoxicated to consent, and the defendant claims the activity was consensual. How Maryland law addr…

The Gang Member Witness

Criminal gangs such as “MS-13” are unfortunately frequently in the news, either because of illegal activity or political disputes about the prevalence of gang violence. Maryland’s highest Court last w…

Opening the Door

It is not unusual during a trial for an attorney to attempt to get into evidence unrelated to the issues at hand, claiming that opposing counsel had “opened the door” to allow inquiry to an otherwise …

A Common Nuisance

Under Maryland law, there are various statutes involving controlled dangerous substances with which persons who possess or sell drugs may be charged, including possession with intent to distribute the…

The Speculative Argument

In jury trials, the lawyers are generally allowed wide latitude in what they can say to the jury in their closing arguments. They are allowed to discuss the evidence at trial and reasonable inferences…