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What is “trace DNA”?

DNA plays a huge role in the modern court system when determining guilt or innocence. It also may be used in appeals or when cracking “cold cases” that investigators could not solve in the past.   Experts sometimes refer to “trace” DNA as “touch” DNA. According to...

Substance abuse, criminal activity and eligibility for drug court

In some instances, imprisonment may not be the best way of managing people who use illicit drugs or obtain them by illegal means. Treatment for drug abuse may be a better solution.  Drug courts are now in operation in every state in the union as well as the District...

RaquinMercer LLC secures a another reversal on appeal in a First Degree Murder case

In Ford v. State, the Court of Special Appeals held that the trial court committed reversable error in refusing to propound Appellant’s proposed voir dire questions regarding the presumption of innocence, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and his Fifth Amendment right...

THE PROSECUTION OF JUVENILES: SCHOOLS, POLICE, AND STATE’S ATTORNEYS

The year is 1966 and the place is Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland.  The student body is 95% or more White, as is the faculty and administrative staff.  There are no school resource officers or police presence of any kind in the school.  I am in a...