Sodomy Maryland Attorney Howard Hearsay Testimony Evidence

Sodomy Maryland Attorney Howard Hearsay Testimony Evidence

Capper v. State

Facts:

Defendant appealed his conviction by the Circuit Court of Howard (Maryland) for sodomy of a fellow prisoner during a prison riot. He argued that the trial court erred in admitting his clothing into evidence, that it erred in admitting hearsay testimony into evidence, and that there was insufficient evidence to support the verdict.

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Sodomy Maryland Attorney Howard Hearsay Testimony Evidence
Sodomy Maryland Attorney Howard Hearsay Testimony Evidence

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • There are two main policies or motives in the recognition of res gestae as a password to the admission of evidence. Surely one is a desire to permit a witness to tell his story in a natural way by telling all that happened at the time of the narrated incident including those details which give life and color to the story. Truth is a seamless web and the naturalness with which the details fit each other gives confirmation to the whole account. The other policy is the recognition of spontaneity as the source of special trustworthiness. This quality of spontaneity characterizes in greater or less degree nearly all the types of declarations, which are labeled res gestae. The commonest instance of the admission of evidence under the res gestae doctrine is that of the introduction of declaration by a party to the transaction in suit, uttered at the time of the occurrence, and tending to explain the facts thereof.
  • On the same principle, evidence is received to show complaints and statements of an injured person, made at the time of the harmful occurrence, both as to bodily suffering and the circumstances of the occurrence. The facts and circumstances surrounding the occurrence in issue may also be admissible as a part of the res gestae. Of course the rule applies equally to declarations of persons who are not actual participants in the event but who are observers thereof.

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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.