April 2, 2015
Judge Richard D. Bennett of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland has rebuked state court judges while overturning the conviction of a 1997 murder, the City Paper reports. According to the article by veteran crime reporter Van Smith, “Bennett has ordered a new trial for Nicholas, because statements given to Baltimore police by two witnesses, who both said they heard gunshots at about the time and place Nicholas said Aja had been shot—which bolstered Nicholas’ version of events, while undermining the state’s case—were illegally withheld from his defense.”
March 4, 2015
The Washington Post reports how an FBI agent was able to procure drugs to feed his heroin addiction – by skimming them from bags seized as evidence in criminal cases. Our own Steve Levin is quoted in the article, “It’s shocking that there was such little oversight,” said Steven H. Levin, a private lawyer in Baltimore with 10 years’ experience as a federal prosecutor. “It’s something you would expect to see on a made-for-TV movie. . . . You’re thinking, there is no way that could ever happen. And that’s what happened.”
In a related story, “Man Figures He Has 2 More Bites of Roommate’s Leftovers Before It’s Noticeable.“
Here’s an excellent outline on developments in the federal law of search and seizure.