Maryland Howard Sodomy Lawyer Second Degree Sex Assault

Maryland Howard Sodomy Lawyer Second Degree Sex Assault

Lawson v. State

Facts:

Defendant appealed his convictions by the Circuit Court in Howard (Maryland) for second-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, false imprisonment, and sodomy. Defendant argued, inter alia, that the trial court erroneously failed to strike opinion testimony of a non-expert witness and encouraged premature jury deliberations. He also asserted his false imprisonment sentence should have been vacated.

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Maryland Howard Sodomy Lawyer Second Degree Sex Assault
Maryland Howard Sodomy Lawyer Second Degree Sex Assault

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • Whether a prosecutor’s remarks in closing were improper and prejudicial, or simply a permissible rhetorical flourish, is within the sound discretion of the trial court to decide. In considering whether, in the first instance, any of the remarks attributed to the prosecutor had the effect of unfairly creating prejudice against the defendant, recognition must be given to the fact that the trial judge, who presides in the arena where the forensic adversaries are engaged, is in the best position to evaluate and assess in the context in which the remarks are made and their relationship to other factors in the trial whether they were in fact prejudicial.
  • A prosecutor may not comment upon the defendant’s failure to produce evidence to refute the State’s evidence. But not every improper remark by a prosecutor in closing argument requires reversal of the conviction.
  • The prosecutor is allowed liberal freedom of speech and may make any comment in closing argument that is warranted by the evidence or inferences reasonably drawn therefrom. Rather, reversal is only required where it appears that the remarks of the prosecutor actually misled the jury or were likely to have misled or influenced the jury to the prejudice of the accused.

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We will do our absolute best to help you get the best result possible based on the facts of your case. Our law firm has the necessary experience to assist you with this matter.

Courts we cover in Howard, Maryland

Howard County Circuit Court

8360 Court Avenue,
Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Howard County District Court

3451 Courthouse Drive,
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4377.

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These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.