Appellate Decisions

Melgar v. Green, 593 F.3d 348 (2010).

Police misconduct case alleging use of excessive force. Officer failed to muzzle police dog when searching for a missing person. Court held that the police officer was entitled to immunity for his actions. Judge Michael wrote a dissenting opinion.

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Miller v. Prince George’s County, Maryland, 475 F.3d 621 (2007).

Police misconduct case alleging false arrest and false imprisonment. Police officer presented false statements in applying for an arrest warrant. Court held that the police officer was not entitled to immunity.

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Head v. State of Maryland, 171 Md.App. 642 (2006).

Criminal case alleging first degree murder. Court held that dying declaration of victim was admissible.

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State of Maryland v. Ofori, 170 Md.App. 211 (2006).

Criminal case alleging narcotics and handgun violations. Court held that detention and search of defendant’s vehicle was not unlawful.

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Smith v. State of Maryland, 161 Md.App. 461 (2005).

Criminal case alleging narcotics and handgun violations. Court held that the detention and search of the defendant was not unlawful.

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Jones v. Prince George’s County, Maryland, 378 Md. 98 (2003).

Police misconduct case alleging excessive force. Court held that the decedent’s father and the mother of his child had standing to bring a wrongful death action.

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State of Maryland v. Rucker, 374 Md. 199 (2003).

Criminal case alleging narcotics violations. Court held that questioning of defendant by police officers did not violate his Miranda rights.

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Torres v. State of Maryland, 147 Md.App. 83 (2002).

Criminal case alleging narcotics violations. Court held that the arrest of the defendant was unlawful.

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Robles v. Prince George’s County, Maryland, 302 F.3d 262 (2002).

Police misconduct case alleging a violation of the Fourth Amendment when plaintiff was tied to a pole and abandoned by police. The Court held that the police were entitled to immunity for their actions under federal law, however, the plaintiff was entitled to recover under state law.

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Blankenship v. State of Maryland, 135 Md.App. 615 (2000).

Criminal case alleging robbery. Court held that the defendant was not sentenced illegally.

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