464 A.2d 1065 (Md. 1983), 108, Grimes v. State

Docket Nº:108.
Citation:464 A.2d 1065, 297 Md. 1
Opinion Judge:[10] Per Curiam
Party Name:Mack Donald GRIMES v. STATE of Maryland.
Case Date:September 08, 1983
Court:Court of Appeals of Maryland

Page 1065

464 A.2d 1065 (Md. 1983)

297 Md. 1

Mack Donald GRIMES


STATE of Maryland.

No. 108.

Court of Appeals of Maryland.

September 8, 1983

Page 1066

John Grason Turnbull, II, Towson (Douglas T. Sachse and Turnbull, Mix & Farmer, Towson, on brief), for appellant. [297 Md. 2]

Richard B. Rosenblatt, Asst. Atty. Gen., Baltimore (Stephen H. Sachs, Atty. Gen., Baltimore, on brief), for appellee.



Appellant Mack D. Grimes was convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County of assault with intent to murder. Prior to trial he filed a motion to suppress the hypnotically enhanced testimony of the victim of the crime. That motion was overruled in a scholarly opinion by the trial judge (Alpert, J.) The case then was submitted on an agreed statement of facts to yet another judge who convicted. An appeal followed to the Court of Special Appeals. We granted a writ of certiorari prior to argument in that court in order that we might consider this case with a number of others involving hypnotically enhanced testimony.

The parties have agreed to a statement of facts in this Court pursuant to Maryland Rule 828 g. No useful purpose would be served by a recitation of those facts. Suffice it to say that in this case the victim was unable to remember anything after she went into the bathroom of Grimes followed by Grimes' co-defendant, Barbara Felder. It is indicated that she suffered from hysterical amnesia. Under hypnosis she allegedly was able to recall certain events that previously had been lost to her. She then related the events of the night in question involving appellant and Felder.

At the hearing on the motion to suppress the State stipulated that if the victim's hypnotically enhanced testimony was suppressed, then "all of her testimony in regard to criminal agency should be suppressed."

We have just considered the matter of hypnotically enhanced testimony in State v. Collins, 296 Md. 670, 464 A.2d 1028 (1983), argued the same day this case was argued. We adopted the test laid down in Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C.Cir.1923), adopted in Maryland in Reed v. State, [297 Md. 3] 283 Md. 374, 391 A.2d 364 (1978), "as the basis for evaluation of testimony where a witness has been hypnotized." We declined to follow the procedures outlined in State v. Hurd, 86...

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