Category Archives: — B.B.’s. Brief Briefs

Frisking Car Passengers. Norman v. State

Brief Brief.  Norman v. State, 452 Md. 373 (2017). Issue:  Court of Appeals held that a police officer lacked reasonable articulate suspicion to search a car passenger, despite a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Quotes:  Quote 1: … Continue reading

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Other Crimes Evidence and Witnesses. Sessoms v. State.

Brief Brief. Sessoms v. State, 357 Md. 274 (2000). Issue: The test for admitting other crimes evidence, under Maryland Rule 5-404,  does not apply to other crimes or wrongs committed by anyone other than defendant. Quote: “We hold that the … Continue reading

Posted in - Evidence, -- B.B.'s. Brief Briefs

Victim Impact Statement. Ball v. State

Brief Brief.  Ball v. State, 347 Md. 156 (1997) Issue:  Victim impact statements and their limits. Quotes:  “The impact of a crime on a victim or the victim’s family is both relevant and probative. (citing Evans v. State, 333 Md. … Continue reading

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When Traffic Stop = Seizure. Ferris v. State

Brief Brief: Ferris v. State 355 Md. 356 (1999) Issue:  What constitutes a seizure, under the Fourth Amendment, during a traffic stop. Quotes: “The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, including seizures that involve only a brief detention. … Continue reading

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Traffic Stop for Window Tint. Turkes v. State

Brief Brief:  Turkes v. State, 199 Md. App. 96 (2011) Issue:  When does a perceived violation of window tint regulation give rise to reasonable articulate suspension to support a traffic stop? Quotes: “When an officer observes a vehicle that is … Continue reading

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Passenger Standing and Terry. Arizona v. Johnson.

Brief Brief  Arizona v. Johnson 555 U.S. 323 (2009). Issue:  Passenger standing to challenge traffic stop and Terry search. Quotes: “This case concerns the authority of police officers to “stop and frisk” a passenger in a motor vehicle temporarily seized … Continue reading

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Illegal Deferred Sentence. Montgomery v. State.

Brief Brief: Montgomery v State 405 Md 67 (2007) Issue: Illegal Deferred Sentence Facts:  The defendant was convicted “of violating the conditions of a previously imposed period of probation. The court sentenced Montgomery to ten years imprisonment for the violation, … Continue reading

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