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…

Hedges and Neighbors

There is an old saying that “good fences make good neighbors.” However, it is not unheard of that what starts out as a dispute between neighbors over borders of property can end up in litigation. This…

Corroboration of the accomplice

Maryland law has long held that a person could not be convicted of a crime based solely upon the testimony of an alleged accomplice to the crime, without some other corroborating evidence. In August, …

The flight instruction

The fact that a suspect flees from the police, under Maryland law, does not prove that the accused is guilty of the crime or crimes charged. However, under certain circumstances the prosecution is ent…

Immunizing a CINA Child

The recent measles outbreak in several states has highlighted issues confronted by the courts in balancing parents who object to immunization of their children with public health. Maryland’s Court of …

The Traffic Checkpoint

It is well known that for many years the police have at times utilized traffic checkpoints, for example to look for intoxicated drivers. What exactly constitutes a traffic checkpoint for purposes of a…