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EYEWITNESS (MIS)IDENTIFICATION - TIME TO MODERNIZE COURT PROCEDURES

EYEWITNESS (MIS) IDENTIFICATION - BEING CERTAIN DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE RIGHT!

"YOU GOTTA COME OUT ON THE STREETS SOMETIME!" - DURESS DEFENSE FAILS TO PROTECT THREATENED WITNESS FROM CONTEMPT FOR REFUSING TO TESTIFY

FROM THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE TO THE 3rd FLOOR OF THE ROBERT C. MURPHY COURTS OF APPEAL BUILDING IN ANNAPOLIS
By Robert C. Bonsib, Esq.
 MarcusBonsib, LLC 
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Rape, Sexual Offense, Child Abuse - Admissibility of Prior Sexual Conduct

PRIOR SEXUAL CONDUCT - RAPE - SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM'S REPUTATION FOR CHASTITY

PHOTO IDENTIFICATION-MISTAKEN-FALSE-UNRELIABLE - IDENTIFICATION - MARYLAND LAW

PRE-TRIAL IDENTIFICATIONS - UNRELIABLE - FALSE - MISTAKEN IDENTIFICATIONS - REVIEW OF FACTORS

The Battered Spouse Defense in Homicide-Murder-Manslaughter Prosecutions

THE "BATTERED SPOUSE SYNDROME" DEFENSE IN HOMICIDE-MURDER-MANSLAUGHTER CASES

HEROIN/FENTANYL/OPIATE OVERDOSE DEATH - IS IT MURDER OR MANSLAUGHTER?

Prosecutors are increasing seeking murder or manslaughter charges against dealers of heroin, fentanyl and other opiates when their customers overdose and die. Absent a specific statute authorizing such prosecutions, the viability of bringing murder or manslaughter charges against dealers was brought into question with the April 4, 2018 decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ("CSA") in Thomas v. State.

Criminal Defense Law Newsletter - Maryland & 4th Circuit Opinions

A summary of recent appellate cases from the Maryland and Fourth Circuit appellate courts.  These cases review decisions regarding the sufficiency of evidence in child pornograpy distribution cases involving the use of peer-to-peer software programs, search warrants in child pornography cases using new law enforcement techniques, the admissibility of jail calls pursuant to the doctrine of verbal completeness, the use of old prior conviction to impeach a character witness, limitations on the cross-examination of a prosecution witness with respect to pending charges and the definition of a crime of violence for career offender classification under the federal sentencing guidelines.    The full newletter is accessible at this link:  Criminal Law Newsletter - Jan 27 2018

The Rule of Verbal Completeness - A "Grimm" Analysis

In United States v. Bailey, No. Criminal No. PWG-16-0246, 2017 WL 2276849 (D. Md. May 25, 2017), United States District Judge Paul W. Grimm has once again provided guidance to practitioners regarding a rule of evidence that is often troublesome in its application.

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