Court Report


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…

The Photo Array

It is common in criminal cases for the police to show to victims of crimes a series or array of photographs, one of which is the suspect, to see if the victim can pick out who she believes was the per…

New Trial for “Serial” Defendant

The NPR podcast “Serial” has received a great deal of publicity, as it explored the criminal case brought by the State of Maryland against Adnan Syed. Maryland’s highest court last week, in a divided …

Foreseeability of the crowd

Suits for injuries at public events, even celebrations like a Super Bowl victory, can occur where persons who attend are injured. Whether such a suit can go forward to trial was explored in a recent r…

Proving Use of False Prescriptions

The opioid abuse epidemic has led to a number of legal efforts to prevent improper access to prescription medications. In Maryland, this includes provisions in the criminal code that make it illegal t…

The Little Green Gun

It is a common technique for trial lawyers to use objects as demonstrative evidence at trial, in order to illustrate how certain events took place. Objections may be raised by the opposing lawyer argu…

Mandatory Minimum Sentence Statutes

There has been much public debate about laws, particularly in the federal system, that mandate heavy mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug offenses. However, such statutes are also on th…

The ‘I Don’t Know’ Response

In criminal prosecutions the police focus much of their efforts on obtaining physical evidence to link a suspect to the crime. We have all seen fictional portrayals of the police interview where they …