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…

Witness under duress

In this age of gangs and other criminal conspiracies, the prosecution more than ever faces the problem of trying to get witnesses to testify against some criminal defendants. When a witness is granted…

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…