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Recent Maryland criminal appellate opinions

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The Bill of Rights. (From the public domain.)

Here is a rundown of some recent Maryland appellate decisions:

A criminal charging document may name and physically describe a John Doe victim where the victim’s name is not known. Edmund v. State, ___ Md. ___ (April 17, 2007).

Police may detain a person whose home is being searched, at least if the person is no more than twenty or thirty feet from the home. Williamson v. State, ___ Md. ___ (April 13, 2007).

Almost hitting another vehicle is not legal grounds to stop the offending car, absent sufficiently stated reasonable articulable suspicion for negligent or reckless driving. Lewis v. Maryland, ___ Md. ___ (April 12, 2007). Jon Katz.