Faculty in the News - Archive
Saturday, August 4, 2007Professor Abraham DashThe Washington Post
ĖThe defendant is a police officer who has been investigated by his own department at least three times, a corporal with a reputation for volatility. The state's star witness is a convicted felon who tested positive for cocaine soon after the events in question, when he and a co-worker were shot while delivering furniture at the defendantís home. Abraham Dash, JD, a professor at the School of Law who specializes in criminal procedure, said the defendantís decision to speak publicly raises juror expectations that the panel will hear from him directly and "almost forces him to take the stand." Most defendants in criminal trials do not testify, largely to avoid tough questioning from the prosecution and to limit the possibility that damaging personal information will become admissible.
Friday, August 3, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyThe Washington Post, WJZ-TV, Ch. 13
- Prosecutors in Ocean City dismissed a recent murder charge against a woman accused of killing her unborn baby, but then filed a new murder charge yesterday alleging that she gave birth to twins years earlier and drowned at least one of them in the toilet. Charging the mother for a death several years old, however, presents problems of its own, said Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law. "Itís not clear what condition physical evidence is in," Levy said. "It seems to me with 4-year-old remains, you might not be able to come up with a cause of death."
Thursday, August 2, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyWJZ-TV, Ch. 13, WJZ.com, WBFF-TV, Ch. 45, InsideBaltimore.com, WTWP, 107.7 FM, 1500 AM,
- An Ocean City woman has been charged with first-degree murder under a 2005 fetal homicide law after investigators found infant remains in her home. Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law, said the law was intended to prosecute someone who murders a pregnant woman with a child that could have survived on its own outside of the womb. "The fact is that not every revolting, disgusting act is a violation of criminal law," said Levy. "She may have a moral or an ethical responsibility to get help for a fetus thatís in distress, but is it a violation of the criminal law if she chooses not to? I donít think so."
Thursday, August 2, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWBAL-TV, Ch. 11, WBALTV.com
Ė Baltimore officials are considering putting up cameras to catch drivers speeding in neighborhoods. Critics charge such cameras do little to improve safety and would infringe on privacy. "I think itís frustrating, because itís really the best evidence that a traffic violation is being committed. And I think people are frustrated when they get caught when they thought nobody was watching them," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyAssociated Press
(published in 425 newspapers and 647 Web sites) - An unprecedented murder charge against an Ocean City woman charged in the death of a stillborn fetus has puzzled legal experts who say the stateís fetal homicide law shields pregnant women from prosecution for self-induced abortions. "It may turn into a war of experts, with the prosecution experts saying the fetus was viable and the defense experts saying the fetus was not viable, or itís impossible to know whether the fetus was viable," said Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law.
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