Highest Case Note from Write-On 2021: State v. Sayles, 244 A.3d 1139 (Md. 2021)

*Jeffrey Neuman The Court of Appeals of Maryland held that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion when it instructed jurors that jury nullification is a juror’s willful dismissal of evidence or refusal to apply the law and that the jurors are not authorized to engage in such a practice. State v. Sayles, 244Continue reading “Highest Case Note from Write-On 2021: State v. Sayles, 244 A.3d 1139 (Md. 2021)”

Highest Case Note from Write-On 2020: Kazadi v. State, 467 Md. 1, 223 A.3d 554 (2020)

*Joshua Gehret The Maryland Court of Appeals held that the Circuit Court for Baltimore County abused its discretion when, upon request during voir dire, it declined to question prospective jurors’ willingness and ability to follow jury instructions on fundamental principles of the presumption of innocence, the burden of proof, and the defendant’s right to notContinue reading “Highest Case Note from Write-On 2020: Kazadi v. State, 467 Md. 1, 223 A.3d 554 (2020)”

Could Harsher Penalties Deter Prosecutors from Tampering with Exculpatory Evidence?

Could Harsher Penalties Deter Prosecutors from Tampering with Exculpatory Evidence? Richard Byrne III* Any practicing attorney, law student, or layperson knows that tampering with evidence is one of the worst misdeeds an attorney can commit. Not only does the tampering of evidence often result in otherwise incorrect rulings, it completely undermines the judicial system’s primaryContinue reading “Could Harsher Penalties Deter Prosecutors from Tampering with Exculpatory Evidence?”

The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems

The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems Marleigh Davis* Lately there has been a push encouraging states to move away from fixed cash bail systems and the practice of jailing those who cannot pay.  Pete Williams, Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held when They Can’t Afford Bail, NBC News (Aug.19, 2016, 5:10Continue reading “The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems”

Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking

Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking David Dix* Two fronts in the fight against online sex trafficking will soon come to a head.  Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, was recently arrested and charged with felony pimping. Christopher Mele, C.E.O. of Backpage.com, Known for Escort Ads, Is Charged with Pimping aContinue reading “Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking”