1. Schmalfeldt did not file an “appeal brief;” all he filed was a Civil Appeal Information Report for the Court of Special Appeals. According to Md. Rule 3-803, one key item is missing from his petition. Since he’s pro se, the Court of Appeals may overlook the omission, but even if they do, he has raised no new legal arguments. Since he has given them no new reason to hear his appeal, I expect that they will deny his petition on the same grounds as they did last time.
2. Res judicata applies to the original peace order. That case is closed and not subject to relitigation. That matter is settled.
3. Schmalfeldt v. Hoge is on the Court’s Petition Docket. This only means is that the Clerk has received it and assigned it a tracking number. It does not mean that the judges have accepted the case for an appeal. If they do, it will be moved to the Regular Docket, and the case will proceed as the Court directs. In the unlikely event that the appeal is allowed, the next step is usually a round of briefing from the petitioner and respondent. We’ll see if it gets that far.
UPDATE—I’m told that the Cabin Boy™ is blabbering on teh Twitterz about how wrong I am.
Like they say in the financial prospectuses, “past performance is not an indicator of future returns,” but it’s a safe way to bet. So consider how accurate Schmalfeldt’s predictions from 2013 of my crushing defeat in the appeal to the Circuit Court, my being clapped in irons (I found that one particularly amusing), or his quick victory in the Court of Appeals. You can believe Acme, or you can believe what real lawyers tell me. Either way, your belief will have no effect on what the Court does.
And stay tuned.