Logourl black
From our private database of 13,800+ case briefs...

Harris v. State

Maryland Court of Appeals
728 A.2d 180 (1999)


Facts

Timothy Harris (defendant), Jack Tipton, and several others were playing cards and drinking alcohol at a friend’s house. At the end of the evening, Tipton offered to drive Harris home. While en route, Harris became angry when Tipton refused to drive to the District of Columbia. Harris forcibly removed Tipton from his car and drove away. Tipton reported the vehicle as stolen. Harris was charged with carjacking, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and second degree assault. At trial, defense counsel asserted a voluntary intoxication defense as justification for Harris’ actions. At the conclusion of the evidence, Harris requested a jury instruction on voluntary intoxication, arguing that he was too intoxicated from smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol to form the specific intent required for the offenses of carjacking and the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. The court denied Harris’s request. The trial judge then instructed the jury that the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle was the only offense that required specific intent. Additionally, the trial judge instructed the jury that a defendant is guilty of carjacking when he obtains unauthorized possession or control of a motor vehicle from another individual in actual possession by force or violence, or by putting that individual in fear through intimidation or threat of force or violence. The jury found Harris guilty of carjacking and assault but not guilty of the crime of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Harris appealed. 

Rule of Law

The rule of law is the black letter law upon which the court rested its decision. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Issue

The issue section includes the dispositive legal issue in the case phrased as a question. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Holding and Reasoning (Raker, J.)

The holding and reasoning section includes:

  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
  • A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and
  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

Dissent (Bell, C.J.)

The dissent section is for members only and includes a summary of the dissenting judge or justice’s opinion. To access this section, start your 7-day free trial of Quimbee for Law Students.

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 170,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.