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Symbols in court

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that a defendant convicted of child abuse and assualt was not denied a fair trial when the trial court allowed a bailiff to wear a “thin blue line” flag face mask. However, the court added that a ban on courthouse staff wearing such symbols “may be a prudent prophylactic measure to avoid issues on appeal, as well as to err on the side of caution to ensure litigants’ right to a neutral and fair tribunal.”

Read the opinion here.

Categories / Appeals, Briefs, Civil Rights, Courts, Criminal, Government

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