Petitions for Writ of Certiorari - October, 2020


September Term, 2020



Denied October 6, 2020

Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. Hon. Videtta A. Brown - Pet. Docket No. 187



Granted October 6, 2020

Larry S. Chavis, et al. v. Blibaum and Associates, P.A.; Bryione K. Moore, et al. v. Peak Management LLC - Case No. 30, September Term, 2020

Issues – Commercial Law – 1) Does using a wage garnishment to collect excess post-judgment interest and post-judgment filing fees constitute a violation of the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act, Md. Code §14-202(8) of the Commercial Law Article? 2) Does a trial court abuse its discretion by denying a motion for class certification, without conducting a hearing, when the undisputed evidence presented to the Court established that the identity of every class member can be established from the Respondent’s records?

Neal Lawrence, IV v. State of Maryland - Case No. 32, September Term, 2020

Issue – Criminal Law – Is wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun on or about one’s person a strict liability crime?

Keith Merryman and Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 146 v. University of Baltimore - Case No. 33, September Term, 2020

Issues – Administrative Law – 1) Does the Office of Administrative Hearings have jurisdiction when the parties have contractually agreed to submit grievances regarding the interpretation of their collective bargaining agreement to the Office for adjudication? 2) Did CSA err in finding that because the remedy would involve awarding additional leave hours, the grievance constituted a complaint pertaining to the “general level of fringe benefits” prohibited by Md. Code §13-201(c) of the Education Article?

State of Maryland v. Anthony George Ablonczy - Case No. 28, September Term, 2020

Issue – Criminal Procedure – Should accepting a jury as ultimately empaneled waive any prior objection to the trial court’s refusal to propound voir dire questions?

State of Maryland v. Roberto Carlos Arias-Rivera - Case No. 31, September Term, 2020

Issues – Criminal Procedure – 1) Is a 2009 sentence for sexual crimes against an eleven-year-old child that was imposed without a term of extended parole supervision legal? 2) If it is illegal, on resentencing, may the circuit court impose a mandatory term of extended parole supervision up to the remainder of Respondent’s life without it resulting in an illegal increase in Respondent’s sentence?

State of Maryland v. Valerie Rovin - Case No. 29, September Term, 2020

Issues – Courts & Judicial Proceedings – 1) Do common law absolute judicial and prosecutorial immunity and statutory immunity under the Maryland Tort Claims Act bar tort claims against prosecutors and law enforcement officers arising from an arrest based on the State’s Attorney’s and District Court Commissioner’s legal determination of probable cause? 2) Can law enforcement officers be civilly liable in tort when they sought an arrest warrant on the advice of the State’s Attorney and made an arrest with a warrant based on a judicial officer’s determination that the arrestee’s alleged conduct amounted to a crime, when that determination was later held to be legally erroneous?


Denied October 23, 2020

Aguero, Jimmy v. State - Pet. Docket No. 203
Alexander v. Alexander - Pet. Docket No. 209
ARX-I v. Lamar Enterprise Solutions - Pet. Docket No. 233
Barnes, John Mackwalter v. State - Pet. Docket No. 113
Benton v. M-NCPPC - Pet. Docket No. 199
Benton v. Prince George's Cnty. District Cncl. - Pet. Docket No. 200
Benton v. Woodmore Overlook Commercial - Pet. Docket No. 218
Bowens, Michael v. State - Pet. Docket No. 175
Bright, Lanier Landau, Jr. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 246
Brown, Dewayne v. State - Pet. Docket No. 215
Bucolo v. Bucolo-Van Dyke - Pet. Docket No. 227
Burroughs, Travis Damon v. State - Pet. Docket No. 116
Butler, Clifford v. State - Pet. Docket No. 247
Butler, Dionysus Rodnell, Jr. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 262
Caldwell, William Jack v. State - Pet. Docket No. 205
Carey v. Salisbury University - Pet. Docket No. 163
Chetty v. Spitzer - Pet. Docket No. 244
Clark, De'Andre Tavon v. State - Pet. Docket No. 196
Crosby, Robert A., Jr. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 223
Cruz v. Gaither - Pet. Docket No. 142
Davis v. Elmore & Throop, P.C. - Pet. Docket No. 186
Doe v. DeWees - Pet. Docket No. 230
Durnin v. Motor Vehicle Admin - Pet. Docket No. 212
Evans v. Evans - Pet. Docket No. 221
Ex rel J.D.S. o.b.o. C.N.M. v. United Behavioral Health - Pet. Docket No. 195
Fuller, Gerald D. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 245
Gakuba v. Gakuba - Pet. Docket No. 222
Garner v. Long and Foster Real Estate - Pet. Docket No. 190
Herold v. Herold - Pet. Docket No. 257
Hollis El, Tyrone Decarta v. DPSCS - Pet. Docket No. 232
In re: A.H. - Pet. Docket No. 179
Jackson, James Polk v. State - Pet. Docket No. 174
Jamison, Curtis v. State - Pet. Docket No. 216
Jha v. Cavalry SPV I - Pet. Docket No. 253
Jordan, Malcolm v. State - Pet. Docket No. 248
Lee, Lionel Obrian v. State - Pet. Docket No. 201
Liu v. ARX1 - Pet. Docket No. 219
Lopez v. Martinez - Pet. Docket No. 252
Lynch v. Mayor & Town Cncl. of Colmar Manor - Pet. Docket No. 208
Manuel-Ascensio, Orlando v. State - Pet. Docket No. 213
McClinton v. Baltimore City Dept. of Social Services - Pet. Docket No. 188
Moore, Robert Lee v. State - Pet. Docket No. 224
Murray, Eris v. State - Pet. Docket No. 194
Oakman, Holly Laren v. State - Pet. Docket No. 217
Ortiz v. Walsh - Pet. Docket No. 234
Paige v. McCorkle - Pet. Docket No. 226
Parlato v. American Exp. National Bank - Pet. Docket No. 207
Penuel v. Salisbury University - Pet. Docket No. 165
Pietruszewski, Bruce Edward v. State - Pet. Docket No. 202
Ramses v. Salisbury University - Pet. Docket No. 164
Ryder v. Ryder - Pet. Docket No. 229
Serrano, David v. State - Pet. Docket No. 238
Sewell v. Howard - Pet. Docket No. 255
Sibley v. Carmax - Pet. Docket No. 241
Stubbs v. Morgan State University - Pet. Docket No. 256
Sturgis, Demetries v. State - Pet. Docket No. 237
Traverso v. Secretary, DHMH - Pet. Docket No. 242
Ucheomumu v. Attorney Grievance Comm'n - Pet. Docket No. 192
Watson v. Bank of Delmarva - Pet. Docket No. 210
Wilson, Gregory D. v. State - Pet. Docket No. 263


Granted October 27, 2020

Kobina Ebo Abruquah v. State of Maryland - Case No. 34, September Term, 2020