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…

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…

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…