Petitions for Writ of Certiorari - September 2018


September Term, 2018



Denied September 10, 2018

Estate of Robert K. Fisher v. Estate of Doris R. Fisher - Pet. Docket No. 219
Jackson v. Small Business Financial Solutions - Pet. Docket No. 204


Granted September 14, 2018

Anne George et al. v. Baltimore County, Maryland et al. - Case No. 37, September Term, 2018

Issue – Local Government – Can a government entity eliminate the right of taxpayers “to bring a lawsuit in this State to prevent waste or unlawful use of public property and funds”, State Ctr., LLC v. Lexington Charles Ltd. P’ship, 438 Md. 451 (2014), by not increasing property tax rates for some period of time?

State of Maryland v. Nicholas Heath - Case No. 36, September Term, 2018

Issues – Criminal Law – 1) Does the introduction of evidence that opens the door to the admission of “other act” evidence operate to give the other act evidence “special relevance,” thereby relieving a party seeking to introduce the other act evidence of the burden to establish “special relevance” under Md. Rule 5-404 and State v. Faulkner, 314 Md. 630 (1989)? 2) What is the correct standard of review? 3) Applying the appropriate standard of review, did CSA err first, by holding that counsel cannot open the door based upon comments made in an opening statement and second, by substituting its judgment for the trial court’s determination and making a factual finding about the intent and effect of Respondent’s counsel’s comment in opening statement and whether it opened the door to otherwise inadmissible “other act” evidence? 4) Did CSA err in concluding that admission of a comment in Respondent’s recorded statement was not harmless, where Petitioner made no further mention of the statement at trial?


Denied September 28, 2018

Alexander v. State Bd. of Physicians - Pet. Docket No. 222
Antonin v. Baltimore Police Dept. - Pet. Docket No. 226
Banks, Charles L. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 243
Blankenship v. State/MTA - Pet. Docket No. 231
Blummer v. Darling - Pet. Docket No. 287
Briddell/Nabvets v. Johnson - Pet. Docket No. 225
Devine v. Dept. of Labor, Licensing & Regulation - Pet. Docket No. 232
DiFranco v. Green Tomato - Pet. Docket No. 229
Dorsey, Dontay v. State - Pet. Docket No. 236
Dorsey, Walter v. State - Pet. Docket No. 261
Ferguson v. Parham - Pet. Docket No. 241
Fletcher, Kurt v. State - Pet. Docket No. 237
Gittings v. Mauerhan - Pet. Docket No. 210 and cross-petition
Griffin, John J. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 251
Holman v. State Retirement & Pension System - Pet. Docket No. 221
Joyner, Omari Horne v. State - Pet. Docket No. 258
Joyner, Omari Horne v. State - Pet. Docket No. 290
Kaufmann Park II v. KCC Properties - Pet. Docket No. 220
Lennar Corp. v. Snellings - Pet. Docket No. 234
Ramey, Melvin L., Jr. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 259
Sayles, Edgar Lorenzo v. State - Pet. Docket No. 239
Salandy, Ryan Anthony v. State - Pet. Docket No. 247
Schaeffer v. Robinson - Pet. Docket No. 99
Sheth v. Horn - Pet. Docket No. 233
Shing & Shing v. Richcroft, Inc. - Pet. Docket No. 187
Siddiqi Farm & Cottage Indus. v. Stonefield Investment - Pet. Docket No. 240
Tibbs v. Circuit Court of Somerset Co. & Hargis - Pet. Docket No. 224
Washington, Trendon v. State - Pet. Docket No. 217
Witherspoon, Marcus v. State - Pet. Docket No. 83