What’s Next for Forensic Genetic Genotyping in Maryland?

*Natalie Murphy I. Introduction In 2021, Maryland passed the world’s first law regulating the use of forensic genetic genealogy (FGG).[1] Although this law constitutes a massive step towards safeguarding public privacy, broader criticisms of forensic science call attention to additional areas to monitor regarding Maryland’s FGG usage.[2] Maryland’s FGG policies leave open questions regarding FourthContinue reading “What’s Next for Forensic Genetic Genotyping in Maryland?”

In the Name of Public Safety: Issues and Exceptions to Maryland’s Child Interrogation Protection Act

*Qiara Butler I. Introduction In April 2022, the Maryland General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation involving police accountability and their interactions with the community.[1] One of the most impactful pieces of legislation was Senate Bill 53, also known as the Child Interrogation Protection Act.[2] This statute, which went into effect October 1, 2022,[3] establishesContinue reading “In the Name of Public Safety: Issues and Exceptions to Maryland’s Child Interrogation Protection Act”

Panel Discussion: “Innocence Isn’t Enough” The Intentionally High Bar to Exoneration

Join our panelists, Michele Nethercott, Erica J. Suter, and George Seward, in discussing challenges to successful claims of actual innocence, October 27th at 6:00pm in the Moot Courtroom. Click on the title for more details and for registration links.

Highest Case Note from Write-On 2022: O’Sullivan v. State, 265 A.3d 1015 (Md. 2021)

*Devyn King The Court of Appeals of Maryland refused to abrogate the two-witness rule for common law perjury cases. O’Sullivan v. State, 265 A.3d 1015 (Md. 2021). I. Introduction In O’Sullivan v. State, the Court of Appeals of Maryland assessed the State’s request to abrogate the two-witness rule for misdemeanor perjury offenses.[1] In a perjuryContinue reading “Highest Case Note from Write-On 2022: O’Sullivan v. State, 265 A.3d 1015 (Md. 2021)”