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Evidence Keyed to Park
Griffin v. State
Citation:419 Md. 343 (2011)
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Griffin was charged in numerous counts with shooting death of Darvell Guest at Ferrari’s Bar in Cecil County. During his trial, the State sought to introduce Griffin’s girlfriend’s Jessica Barber’s, MySpace profile to demonstrate that, prior to trial, Ms. Barber had allegedly threatened another witness called by the State. The State attempted to authenticate the pages, as belonging to Ms. Barber, through the testimony of Sergeant John Cook, the lead investigator in the case. Defense counsel objected to the admission of the pages allegedly printed from Ms. Barber’s MySpace profile, because the State could not sufficiently establish a connection between the profile and posting and Ms. Barber.
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