Conferences & Symposia

Maryland Court of Special Appeals


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On Wednesday, April 14, a three-judge panel of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals will hear oral arguments in the School of Law's Ceremonial Courtroom. Oral arguments begin at 9:30 a.m. Students, faculty and friends are invited to attend.

The arguments also will be broadcast on the plasma screen in the law school's atrium.

Case Summaries

Canale v. State of Maryland
Convicted of manslaughter, Appellant Dominic Canale argues that he acted in self-defense when he swung a baseball bat at a group of intoxicated people killing one of them. Issues on appeal also include the admissibility of a statement Canale made about the bat several hours before the attack, and whether the ten-year prison sentence was appropriate.

Len Stoler, Inc. v. Warren Wheeler, et al.
This appeal arises out of a breach of contract action brought by Len Stoler, a car dealer that acquired another dealership owned by Mr. Wheeler. Stoler claims that Wheeler breached the purchase agreement when he attempted to retain customers that should have been directed to Stoler. Issues on appeal include various principles of contract interpretation.

Whisman v. State of Maryland
Christopher Whisman was convicted of manslaughter and first degree assault despite his claims of self-defense. On appeal he argues that evidence admitted at trial does not support this conviction or the finding that he was carrying a deadly weapon (a knife) with intent to injure.

Grimes v. State of Maryland
Brandon Michael Grimes was convicted of first degree murder for killing a Baltimore City police officer. On appeal he challenges the trial court's denial of a motion for a mistrial after the State retested key DNA evidence during trial, the sufficiency of the evidence to support his conviction and whether the verdict was unanimous.

Northam v. State of Maryland
Kendall Northam was convicted of second degree murder. He appeals this conviction arguing that he received ineffective assistance from court-appointed counsel.

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