Warfield Housing Code Trial Postponed A Fourth Time

December 15, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Former Aberdeen Commissioner Raymond H. Warfield's trial on nine housing code violations has been delayed -- for the fourth time.

The trial, scheduled to start Friday in Circuit Court, was postponed at the request of Warfield's defense attorney, William Abercrombie Jr. ofEdgewood. A new trial date has not been set yet.

Two of the county's four circuit judges, Maurice W. Baldwin and Stephen M. Waldron, have removed themselves from the case because of conflicts of interest.

Baldwin and Waldron worked with Warfield when they served as Aberdeen town attorneys before joining the Harford bench. Baldwin also represented Warfield in personal legal matters.

The county's two other circuit judges, William O. Carr and Cypert O.Whitfill, were unable to preside over Warfield's case last week because they had full dockets, records show.

The complaint against Warfield was filed in Harford District Court in July 1990. The case was moved to Circuit Court after the 51-year-old owner of Edgewood Homes requested a jury trial.

The criminal complaint charges that Warfield ignored warnings from county inspectors that he would face chargesunless he corrected violations, including a lack of heat and proper plumbing hook-ups, at a Darlington mobile home. At the time of the violations, a family was renting the home from Warfield.

Warfield isaccused of failing to secure the home on blocks to properly ensure safety and stability. The home also lacked the proper steps and landings at front and back doors, the complaint charges.

The former commissioner also is charged with failing to obtain county permits and tohave the home inspected, as required by the county's minimum standard housing code.

Warfield faces a maximum sentence of up to $5,500 in fines and 32 months in prison if convicted of all nine rental housing code violations.

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