Maryland Courts

SCHEDULE OF ORAL ARGUMENTS

September Term, 2013

 

Thursday, January 9, 2014:

Bar Admissions

AG No. 80 (2012 Term)  Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Glenn Charles Lewis

Attorney for Petitioner: Lydia E. Lawless
Attorney for Respondent: Glenn Charles Lewis

AG Nos. 30 & 40 (2011 Term)  Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Lawrence Paul Pinno, Jr.

Attorney for Petitioner: Lydia E. Lawless
Attorney for Respondent: Lawrence Paul Pinno, Jr.

No. 52 Motor Vehicle Administration v. April Marie Deering

Issue - Transportation Law - Did the Administrative Law Judge correctly uphold the suspension of a motorist's driver's license for drunk driving under Transp. Art. § 16-205.1 based on a breath test result that showed the motorist had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.16, notwithstanding the detaining officer's denial of the motorist's request to speak to an attorney before submitting to the officer's request that she take an alcohol concentration test?

Attorney for Petitioner: Leight D. Collins
Attorney for Respondent: John K. Phoebus

No. 48  Kara Keller v. Charles J. Serio and GEICO Insurance Company

Issue - Insurance Law - Whether the failure to instruct the jury about the reason the plaintiff's underinsured motorist carrier is a party to a tort suit is reversible error?

Attorney for Petitioner: Robert J. Zarbin
Attorney For Respondent: Andrew Janquitto

 

Friday, January 10, 2014:

Bar Admissions

No. 45  Jamaal Garvin Alexis v. State of Maryland

Issues - Criminal Law - 1) Did the trial court err by disqualifying petitioner's attorney, who had previously represented a State's witness, when the witness refused to waive the conflict of interest and appellant's counsel had arranged for co-counsel to cross-examine the witness? 2) Are consecutive sentences appropriate where petitioner was convicted of two counts of solicitation where both counts were predicated on the same evidence?

Attorney for Petitioner: Deborah S. Richardson
Attorney for Respondent: Gary E. O'Connor

No. 50 Shih Ping Li v. Tzu Lee

Issue - Family Law - Does an attorney's failure to comply with obtaining informed consent confirmed in writing pursuant to the MD Rules of Professional Conduct render a separation agreement voidable at the election of the client who did not give written confirmation of informed consent?

Attorneys for Petitioner: Albert D. Brault and Deanna Peters
Attorney for Respondent: Geraldine Welikson Hess

No. 47 James Lambert v. State of Maryland

Issues - Criminal Law - 1) Should a trial court's order directing “no contact” between competent, married persons as a condition of probation in a domestic violence case be evaluated under the same standard as a similar order between strangers and, if not, is the order per se unconstitutional? 2) Whether the trial court's denial without a hearing of a motion for reconsideration of the order forbidding contact was unreasonable where the married couple were seeking contact for the purposes of marital counseling? 3) Whether a narrowing standard is necessary to restrict a Court's ability to limit contact between married persons and, more generally, competent parties to a privileged relationship?

Attorney for Petitioner: Howard R. Cheris
Attorney for Respondent: Susannah E. Prucka

 

Monday, January 13, 2014:

No. 49  Cervante Pearson v. State of Maryland

Issues - Criminal Law - 1) Did the trial court err in refusing to ask in voir dire whether any member of the jury panel, or any member's family, friend or acquaintance, had been the victim of a crime? 2) Did the trial court err in refusing to ask in voir dire whether any member of the jury panel was employed by or knew anyone who was employed by a law-enforcement agency? 3) Is Davis v. State, 333 Md. 27 (1993), which held that it was within the trial court's discretion to refuse to ask whether anyone in the venire panel was a member of law enforcement still good law in light of Dingle v. State, 361 Md. 1 (2000), which cited extensively as persuasive authority the Davis dissent?

Attorney for Petitioner: Deborah S. Richardson
Attorney for Respondent: Carrie J. WIlliams

AG No. 69 (2012 Term) Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. James Albert Frost

Attorney for Petitioner: Lydia E. Lawless
Attorney for Respondent: James Albert Frost

AG No. 55 (2012 Term) In the Matter of the Petition for Reinstatement of Louis Peter Tanko, Jr. to the Bar of Maryland

Attorney for Petitioner: Craig L. Holcomb
Attorney for Respondent: James N. Gaither

No. 42 Michael Gambrill v. State of Maryland

Issue - Criminal Law - Did the trial court err in denying petitioner's request for a postponement without complying with the requirements of Maryland Rule 4-215(e) regarding discharge of counsel?

Attorney for Petitioner: Daniel Korbin
Attorney for Respondent: Jessica V. Carter

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014:

AG No. 52 (2012 Term)  Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Melissa Donnelle Gray

Attorney for Petitioner: James N. Gaither
Attorney for Respondent: Melissa Donnelle Gray

AG No. 62 (2012 Term)  Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Steven Gene Berry

Attorney for Petitioner: Marianne J. Lee
Attorney for Respondent: Booth M. Ripke

No. 51  Kivi Kennedy v. State of Maryland

Issue - Criminal Law - Did the trial court err in not ordering a competency evaluation and making a competency determination, when defense counsel informed the court that he had trouble communicating with his client, that his client was unable to assist in his defense, and requested that his client be evaluated?

Attorney for Petitioner: Deborah S. Richardson
Attorney for Respondent: Brenda Gruss

 

On the day of argument, counsel are instructed to register in the Clerk’s Office no later than 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise notified.

After January 14, 2014 the Court will recess until February 6, 2014.

 

BESSIE M. DECKER

CLERK