Conferences & Symposia

Maryland Court of Special Appeals


November 8, 2007

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals will sit to hear oral arguments in the School of Law's Ceremonial Moot Court Room. Students, faculty, and friends are invited to attend. Overflow seating featuring a simulcast of the arguments will be available, if needed.

Case Summaries

Christopher Hutchinson vs. State of Maryland (Criminal (Rape))
Appellant Hutchinson appeals his conviction of second degree rape following a jury trial. Issues on appeal include whether the lower court erred in overruling defense attorney’s objections to some of the prosecutor’s questions and to a forensic nurse’s opinion testimony, and whether the court erred in its instructions to the jury on proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Igal Sasanfar vs. James H. Rosber, Sr. (Auto Negligence)
Plaintiff/Appellant Sasanfar was driving an automobile that was hit from behind by Defendant/Appellee Rosber. At trial, the judge issued a directed verdict on the defendant’s negligence and submitted the question of the plaintiff’s contributory negligence to the jury. On appeal, the plaintiff/appellant argues that the judge erred in barring appellant’s proposed rebuttal expert, in submitting contributory negligence to the jury, and in its jury instructions on contributory negligence and on the law relating to a driver’s duties in an intersection on a yellow light.

Housing Authority of Baltimore City vs. Mary Roy et al. (Personal Negligence)
Plaintiffs prevailed in a jury trial against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) on claims negligence and breach of contract. Plaintiffs asserted that Defendant failed to properly maintain rental premises, resulting in plaintiff’s injuries from mold and other toxic substances. HABC raises a number of issues on appeal, including whether the court committed error in several evidentiary rulings, and whether the evidence presented by plaintiffs was sufficient to establish proximate cause.

Andrew W. Turner vs. State of Maryland (2nd Degree Murder; grant of application for leave to appeal post conviction)
Appellant Turner, a 66-year-old man with severe cognitive impairment, raises several issues based on his mental condition in this post-conviction appeal: ineffective assistance of counsel, incompetence to stand trial, lack of criminal responsibility, and inability to waive right of trial by jury knowingly and voluntarily.

Maryland Office of People’s Counsel et al. vs. Baltimore Gas & Electric Company et al. (Utility Appeal)
This is an appeal of the Circuit Court’s affirmance of the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) approval of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) application for a rate increase. Questions on appeal include the PSC’s acceptance and application of BGE’s actual capital structure, the allocation of costs among BGE’s customer base, and inclusion of costs in the rate base.

Alan S. Snead vs. State of Maryland (Murder; grant of application for leave to appeal post conviction)
Appellant Snead’s post-conviction appeal challenges the jury-selection process at his trial, claiming that the lower court erred in failing to find that the State’s reasons for striking a black woman from the jury were a pretext for race discrimination.


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