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  • Four Harford murderers and one rapist seeking new trials

    Four men convicted of murders that occurred in Harford County and a fifth convicted of first-degree rape, all more than 30 years ago, are seeking to have their cases retried as a result of a ruling last year by the state's highest court that jurors may have been given improper instructions by judges.
  • Killer at center of prisoner release case convicted again

    Killer at center of prisoner release case convicted again
    On the night in 1975 that Merle W. Unger Jr. killed Hagerstown police officer Donald Kline, a black cat named Midnight gave away his hiding spot in a local basement. It was one of many attempts Unger would make to elude police and life in prison. On...

    Justice delayed and denied for more than 30 years

    Justice delayed and denied for more than 30 years
    Drawn from an old transcript, this is how a Baltimore judge instructed a jury before its deliberations in a murder trial in 1967: "You, under our system, in criminal cases are at liberty to disagree with the court's interpretation of the law. You shall...

    An injustice corrected

    An injustice corrected
    Today, judges instruct juries in criminal cases that they must presume the defendant is innocent and must hold the state to its burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. These are the fundamental rules of our criminal justice system. Before...

    Zimmerman verdict portends more violence

    Zimmerman verdict portends more violence
    It's a troubling and scary thing to consider, but my take-away from the trial of George Zimmerman is a very clear message that you can take up arms to protect yourself and use deadly force with the thinnest claims of self-defense and the fullest...