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Prosecutor to appeal freeing of murder suspect

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. will appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of an Annapolis murder suspect who was freed after a lower court ruled that police had violated his constitutional rights, a spokesman said last night.

Curran met with criminal-appeals experts on his staff yesterday and will appeal the ruling and the recent release of Leeander Jerome Blake, said spokesman, Kevin Enright.

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Blake was accused of first-degree murder in the shooting Sept. 19, 2002, of Annapolis resident Straughan Lee Griffin in the city's historic district.

Blake was released from Anne Arundel County Jail on Tuesday after the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, ruled that Annapolis police had violated his constitutional rights during questioning after Griffin's death.

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In the appeal, the attorney general's office indicated, it will probably argue that the Blake case raises questions about Miranda rights that have not been clearly answered by lower courts. Curran's office has about 90 days to file the appeal.


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