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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Young v. State
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Police officers observed Young (Defendant) driving around various banks that had recently been robbed and noted that it appeared Defendant was “casing” the banks. After stopping at one bank, Defendant was observed putting on an eyepatch, plastic surgical gloves, turning up the collar of his shirt, putting on sunglasses, and a knit cap which he pulled down over his forehead. After exiting his car, Defendant placed a police scanner on his belt and began walking towards the bank. Defendant’s right hand was in his jacket pocket and his left hand was in front of his face. One of the police officers observed him “ducking his head.” Defendant attempted to open the bank’s door, but discovered that it was locked. Defendant then quickly went back to his vehicle and started to drive away when he was arrested. Defendant was charged with, and convicted of, attempted robbery. Defendant appealed and the court of special appeals affirmed the conviction. Defendant then appealed to the Maryland Court of Appeals.
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