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A trial judge must not ignore jurors patting testifying cops on the back midtrial

Aug 25, 2010 A trial judge must not ignore jurors patting testifying cops on the back midtrial

During a midtrial lunch break in a Maryland jury trial for a drug felony prosecution, two jurors patted a testifying police officer on the back and said "good job".

The trial judge denied the defense lawyer’s motion for relief, and Maryland’s intermediate appellate court affirmed the conviction. Praised be the good job of Maryland’s highest court for today reversing the conviction, due to the trial judge’s inaction on the matter. Dillard v. Maryland, ___ Md. ___ (Aug. 15, 2010).

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