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The importance of issue preservation for an appeal

Getting a guilty verdict in a criminal trial is a grim moment for a defendant. Nonetheless, the verdict does not necessarily doom a defendant to serving a sentence. To ensure justice, convicted defendants in Maryland and the District of Columbia have the right to...

How reliable is DNA evidence?

When it comes to criminal cases, courts consider DNA evidence as a reliable indication of a person's guilt or innocence. A technician will collect DNA samples at the scene of the crime, take them to a lab, and test them to look for a potential match. When there is a...

Appeals due to ineffective assistance of counsel

If you lost a trial and feel that your attorney did not do an appropriate job of defending you, you may be able to file an appeal due to ineffective assistance of counsel. As part of your right to have a fair trial, the actions of your lawyer play a role, whether the...

MAJOR CHANGES NEEDED FOR THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Judge George B. Rasin, Jr. served as the sole circuit judge in Kent County, Maryland, from 1960 until 1987. In criminal cases, he was known as a “hanging judge” and when he came to Baltimore City to sit specially during the summers in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s (there...

What can corrupt DNA evidence?

DNA was a breakthrough when law enforcement first began using it to identify suspects. The technology has also increased and improved by leaps and bounds. However, despite its high-tech nature, DNA is not infallible. The US Department of Justice explains human error...

What is trace DNA?

In just a few decades, the science of DNA testing revolutionized criminal justice. The presence of a person's DNA at a crime scene may be enough to secure a conviction. According to Ryan Forensic, DNA testing systems, today are so sensitive that they can analyze...