Petitions for Writ of Certiorari - May, 2020


September Term, 2019


Granted May 8, 2020

Jose Canales-Yanez v. State of Maryland - Case No. 11, September Term, 2020

Issues – Criminal Law – 1) When a Brady violation occurs during a bench trial, is the test for materiality satisfied simply by the judge’s determination that his verdict would not have changed had the evidence not been suppressed unless such a conclusion would be patently unreasonable, without giving due consideration to the effect of the suppression of evidence on the defense case preparation and trial strategy? 2) Did CSA err in finding that the Brady violation did not undermine confidence in the verdict?

Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. v. Director, Department of Finance of Baltimore City- Case No. 9, September Term, 2020

Issues – Constitutional Law– 1) Is the operation of billboards protected by the First Amendment, thereby subjecting its taxation to heightened scrutiny? 2) Does the Tax single out a single platform for speech or a small group of speakers, thereby subjecting it to heightened scrutiny?

Ashley Hector, et al. v. Bank of New York Mellon- Case No. 10, September Term, 2020

Issues – Estates & Trusts – 1) As a matter of first impression, can a business Trust be individually liable for compliance with the Baltimore City Housing Code, pursuant to an interpretation of Estates & Trusts Art. §14.5-908? 2) Did CSA err in carving out an exception to Allen v. Dackman, 413 Md. 132 (2010), for a bank that was the Trustee of a mortgage-backed security, and that foreclosed on an old deteriorated property in Baltimore and then purchases said property at auction? 3) May a Bank acting as Trustee which owned a rental property face liability based upon the local Housing Code, or do the Bank's own internal documents and agreements decide the scope of liability?



Denied May 22, 2020

Awan v. Mahmood - Pet. Docket No. 7 *
Baltimore Cnty. v. Ulrich - Pet. Docket No. 22 *
Basnett v. Roof Solutions - Pet. Docket No. 356
Butler, Carrdai v. State - Pet. Docket No. 52 *
Charles v. McKinney - Pet. Docket No. 16 *
Estate of Fisher v. Estate of Fisher - Pet. Docket No. 30 *
Fishkind v. Gardner - Pet. Docket No. 38 *
Halstad v. Halstad - Pet. Docket No. 477
Hill, Edward Effion v. State - Pet. Docket No. 17 *
Holloway v. Silverwood Homeowner's Ass'n - Pet. Docket No. 31 *
Jeffers v. Penn. Nat. Mut. Cas. Insurance - Pet. Docket No. 493
Johnson, David Nathaniel v. State - Pet. Docket No. 45 *
Johnson, Ivan v. State - Pet. Docket No. 51 *
Johnson, Shawn Antrone v. State - Pet. Docket No. 37 *
Jones, Davon v. State - Pet. Docket No. 21 *
Jones v. Barbera - Pet. Docket No. 475
Lopez v. Laronde - Pet. Docket No. 27 *
Markovic v. Fishman - Pet. Docket No. 40 *
Markovic v. Rahaman - Pet. Docket No.  8 *
Murray v. Foxwell - Pet. Docket No. 450
Nalls, Donte Maurice v. State - Pet. Docket No. 41 *
Pinheiro, Richard A. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 44 *
Pittman, Robert Junius v. State - Pet. Docket No. 111 
Pollins, Quadell R. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 24 *
Rainey, Ronnie Lee, Sr. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 1 *
Savoy, Wayne Leo v. State - Pet. Docket No. 3 *
Smith v. Westminster Management - Pet. Docket No. 33 *
Spencer, Thurman v. State - Pet. Docket No. 5 *
Townsend, Aaron Keith v. State - Pet. Docket No. 25 *
Wallace, Chaunisty v. State - Pet. Docket No. 480
Zuniga, Felix Silva v. State - Pet. Docket No. 36 *

* Sept. Term, 2020