Maryland Courts

Certified Questions of Law Currently Before the Court of Appeals

September Term, 2016

For further information, please contact the Clerk's Office at 410-260-1500.


Ukeenan Nautica Thomas v. State of Maryland - Misc. No. 25, September Term, 2016

Certified Question from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland

Question - Did the circuit court err in declining to ask prospective jurors trial counsel's proposed voir dire question as to whether prospective jurors would 'give greater weight to the testimony of a police officer based on the officer's occupation' and, instead, asked whether the prospective jurors would 'give more or less weight to the testimony of a physician, a clergyman, a firefighter, a police officer, psychiatrist, social worker, electrician or any other witness merely because of their title, profession, education, occupation or employment?'

To be argued in the May, 2017 session of Court.

Counsel for appellant: Katherine P. Rasin
Counsel for appellee: Sarah Page Pritzlaff


Quanta Brownlee, et al. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., et al. - Misc. No. 1, September Term, 2017

Certified Question from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Question - Would application of Georgia's interpretation of the pollution exclusion contained in the insurance policy issued by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to the Salvation Army as excluding coverage for bodily nijuries resulting form the ingestion of lead-based paint violate Maryland public policy?

To be argued in the September, 2017 session of Court.

Counsel for appellant: Brian S. Brown
Counsel for appellee: Mary S. Diemer, Robert L. Hoegle, and Jeaneen J. Johnson