Maryland upholds squatter conviction in light of bogus lease.


On January 24, 2014 Maryland's highest court upheld criminal convictions for theft and burglary arising from squatters claiming under a forged lease with the true owner, who had vacated the home seven months before. In a rare opinion where real property rights collide with criminal law, the court made clear that burglary and theft can be committed with a key and garage door opener.

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