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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…