Court Report

Suing for witholding evidence

gavel2There have been a number of cases since the advent of DNA testing  where, often times many years later, a person who has been wrongfully convicted has had his conviction overturned when evidence is later tested. Whether the wrongfully convicted person can obtain damages from the government officials who participated in the prosecution was explored by a three judge panel of the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in an opinion last month in the case of James Owens v. Baltimore City State’s Attorneys’ office.


Statements regarding child abuse

gavel2Proving child sexual abuse cases are a particular challenge for the prosecution, primarily because the State has to often rely on the testimony of alleged child victims who may be testifying to events that occurred many years earlier.  How the State may go about bolstering the testimony of the victim is illustrated in a recent case from Maryland’s intermediate appellate court called Robert Mitchell Acker v. State.

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