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…

Enforcing oyster harvesting laws

The bounty of the Chesapeake Bay is one of the treasures of the State of Maryland, including its seafood such as crabs and oysters. In the 19th century, the bay was most famous for its oysters, and th…

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…

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 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…