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Hopkins v. State

193 Md. 489, 69 A.2d 456 (1949)

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Hopkins v. State

Maryland Court of Appeals

193 Md. 489, 69 A.2d 456 (1949)

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Facts

Reverend William Hopkins (defendant) erected two signs that contained his name along with “Notary Public, Information.” The State of Maryland (plaintiff) charged Hopkins with violating the statute prohibiting signs intended to aid in the solicitation or performance of marriages. During trial, Hopkins attempted to introduce evidence that the state’s attorney had advised Hopkins that the signs would not violate the statute. The trial judge excluded that testimony, and the jury convicted Hopkins. Hopkins appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (DeLaPlaine, J.)

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