Vouching for a Witness

Trial attorneys have to decide whether to object to arguments presented by the opposing attorney in closing arguments to a jury, or balance whether they think an argument is legally improper with high…

Afterthought Robbery

One of the crimes that may be charged as a result of participating in crimes such as robbery leading to the death of a victim is “felony murder,” involving the death of a person while the robbery is b…

Here comes the Sun

It is not often that an appellate opinion starts off quoting The Beatles. But, this week Maryland’s Court of Appeals began its opinion in Board of County Commissioners of Washington County v. Perennia…

The gang expert

The operation of criminal gangs in this country is a problem that has been widely reported. As a result, Maryland has specific criminal laws outlawing gang behavior, in addition to traditional crimina…

The widow with unclean hands

Under the law in Maryland (and most other states), a surviving spouse in lieu of any assets left to them in the decedent’s will may elect to take a “statutory share” of their late spouse’s estate, whi…

Expert not needed on credibility

There have been a number of television series and movies that focus on the trial process and the use of experts.  Whether an expert can be called to testify as to how witnesses remember and perceive e…

Baltimore food truck law upheld

It is common in cities today to see food trucks parked on the street that sell a variety of types of food. Such mobile food vendors are licensed and regulated. Baltimore has an ordinance that limits p…