Setting aside guilty plea

Many criminal cases are disposed of by guilty pleas, in which the trial judge must be satisfied that the defendant’s plea is knowingly and voluntarily given.  Under Maryland law, even after conviction…

The right to fire your lawyer

There is an old saying that a person who represents himself or herself in court has a fool for a client. The Maryland Rules provide procedures to protect individuals charged in criminal cases from foo…

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…

Three times is definitely no charm

 
It is rare that even serious criminal cases end up being tried three times. However, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals opinion last month in  Gary Smith v. State shows that errors in c…