Man jailed 5 months finally goes to court Judge dismisses probation violation charge and frees Robert Seymour.

August 20, 1991|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff

Robert Seymour is free after five months in jail without a trial.

Baltimore District Court Judge Joseph A. Ciotola yesterday dismissed a traffic-related charge of violation of probation against Seymour, 48, saying he already had served more time in jail than the charges would merit were he convicted.

A mix-up over Seymour's first and middle names apparently led to the jail's failing to bring him to four different court hearings the last several months. Seymour said he often told jail officials that he needed a trial date.

"I figure it this way. The jail kept me so long because they kept mixing up my name," Seymour told WBAL radio. "They didn't go according to the jail numbers."

His major complaint about jail is the "lousy" food.

The maximum sentence Seymour faced was 60 days, Ciotola said. He already had served more than five months.

"He'd have had more than ample time in the city detention center," if he were convicted, Ciotola said.

Seymour, a tall beefy man, suffers from "psychiatric problems" and wants to get help, said Daryl T. Walters, Seymour's public defender.

On some records Seymour was identified as Joseph Robert Seymour. On others, he was called Robert Walter Seymour.

When Ciotola asked Seymour for his full name, Seymour replied: "Joseph Robert Walter Seymour."

"I would suggest, counsel, you advise your client, if he is involved in any other violations, to give all his names," Ciotola told Walters.

Seymour was arrested in March for violating probation from several 1987 traffic charges. He was being held on $7,500 bond.

State officials who took over the jail's operation from the city July 1 have said the city's records were inadequate. Jail officials say Seymour is one of as many as 93 men who were being held at the jail without court dates scheduled.

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