Case Conclusion Date: 11.12.2002
Practice Area: Criminal defense
Outcome: Double jeopardy dismissal.
Description: Maryland's highest court hands down landmark.decision that it is double jeopardy to proceed to trial on a criminal case after the judge has dismissed the prosecution pretrial in full or partial reliance on facts beyond the four corners of the charging document. This victory was shared by the Maryland Public Defender's Office and Jon Katz, whose clients' cases were consolidated for this appeal. The case is at 371 Md. 617, 810 A.2d 964 (2002), and is viewable at http://www.courts.state.md.us/opinions/coa/2002/124a00.pdf .