A man is facing serious charges after a two-car collision left his two passengers fatally injured on the morning of March 25. Police stated that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The accident occurred in Glenn Dale and is being handled by police in Prince George's County. The two men, one 46 years of age and the other 30, were passengers in the 35-year-old driver's vehicle when he allegedly pulled in front of another vehicle that collided with the passenger side of the driver's car. Both of the victims were Lanham residents. The accused driver was listed as having "no fixed address," meaning that the driver is currently homeless.
Everyone in Montgomery County is entitled to a basic set of rights, even if they have been charged with a crime. One such protection is the right to an impartial jury trial, as laid out in the Sixth Amendment. Without this fundamental right, there would be no point in presuming a Maryland suspect is innocent until proven guilty. When a case has gotten so much public attention that it is impossible for the defense and prosecution to find an unbiased jury, courts will allow the case to change venues to a more suitable location. Some prosecutors, however, will fight tooth-and-nail to keep a trial in a potentially biased district.