Hannah v. StateAnnotate this Case
In the circuit court, a jury convicted petitioner Justin Hannah of the attempted murder of his former girlfriend's new boyfriend. After petitioner's conviction was affirmed by the court of special appeals, petitioner filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, which the Court of Appeals granted. The Court reversed the judgment of the court of special appeals, holding that the admission of defense evidence that petitioner did not own or have access to a gun did not justify the admission into evidence of rap lyrics produced by petitioner two years before the offense which dealt with guns and violence. The Court concluded that the erroneous introduction of petitioner's writings did not constitute harmless error, and thus petitioner was entitled to a new trial.