Court finds plaintiff waived 5th amendment right in civil case

Terrell Roberts represented the plaintiffs,  Ronald and Anne Moser, in the civil case, which ended up with a decision in the Mosers’ favor in Maryland Court of Appeals.  The Mosers were the victims of an embezzlement and theft by their bookkeeper, whose crimes they reported to the police.  Oddly, the bookkeeper sued the Mosers for defamation, which was nothing short of a scheme to pressure the Mosers to back away from their criminal complaint.  This did not work.  The decision of the Court of Appeals affirms the principle that a party who gives a deposition in a civil case cannot in the same proceeding invoke the Fifth Amendment at the trial of the civil matter.

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Mr. Wood and Mr. Griffiths named Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers since 2011

Mr. Wood and Mr. Griffiths named Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers since 2011.

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Man Awarded $160K in Wrongful Arrest Suit Against Prince George’s County Police

A restaurant manager held for 13 hours by Prince George’s County police received a $160,000 judgment against them. Sabah Ali said he has a lot of respect and admiration for police officers, but what happened to him in October 2011 was over the line.

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District Heights police officer charged in shooting of suspect

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -A District Heights Police Sergeant has been indicted on several charges, including attempted murder.

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Officer accused of shooting a handcuffed suspect faces attempted-murder indictment

The District Heights police sergeant who allegedly shot a handcuffed suspect in the back in September was indicted on attempted murder and five related charges Thursday as prosecutors say his conduct was not just improper, but criminal.

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Doug Wood, on Brittany Norwood’s sentencing.

Doug Wood, on Brittany Norwood’s sentencing.

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$3M Jury award in Md. pedestrian death.

A Circuit Court civil jury in Prince George’s County Thursday awarded $3.3 million to relatives of a woman killed by a motorist as she walked on a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue that did not have a sidewalk or guard rails…

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The Defendant’s Defender

Washington Post – October 10, 2002

Prince George’s County police Cpl. Raymond S. Redden took the witness stand and said he was certain that defendant Derrell L. Gilchrist carjacked him and tried to shoot him in bright daylight last summer. The prosecution had Gilchrist’s fingerprint on Redden’s car.

The prosecution had Redden’s eyeball identification. It looked like a slam-dunk conviction. But Gilchrist had defense attorney Douglas J. Wood…

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Bowie Man Acquitted of Murder After Serving 12 Years.

A Montgomery County jury yesterday acquitted a Bowie man who was accused in the 1994 slaying of a drug dealer, marking the first time county prosecutors have lost a first-degree murder case outright in more than a decade…

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Officer Liable In Student’s Killing, Pr. George’s Jurors Award 3.7 Million.

A Prince George’s County undercover narcotics police corporal who followed an unarmed college student to Fairfax County and fatally shot him more than five years ago was held responsible for his wrongful death yesterday by a civil jury that awarded $3.7 million in damages…

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