Katharine Jacobs Armentrout, a 51-year-old federal prosecutor who this year helped put one of Baltimore's most violent heroin dealers behind bars, was nominated by President Bush yesterday to fill the second of three vacancies on the U.S. District Court for Maryland.
The nomination of Mrs. Armentrout, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland since 1985 and a registered Republican, was recommended by Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, the senior Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation. The nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, was announced by Mrs. Bentley.
"I am just delighted that President Bush had the confidence in me to nominate me," said Mrs. Armentrout, who lives in Homeland with her husband of 27 years, Walter S. Armentrout, and their 23-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son.
Mrs. Armentrout is deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney's Narcotics Division. Since last December, she has also been regional coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Organized Crime Drug Task Force, which handles major narcotics cases.
She headed the team of government lawyers that successfully prosecuted Linwood R. "Rudy" Williams, who operated what was described as one of the most violent heroin organizations in Baltimore history. Williams, whose reputation led a judge to allow jury members to remain anonymous, was sentenced in January to life without parole plus 130 years.
Mrs. Armentrout also successfully prosecuted a million-dollar health-care fraud case in 1988.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, she worked for two years for the Baltimore law firm of Venable, Baetjer and Howard. She received her law degree in 1983 from the University of Maryland Law School, where she graduated third in her class.
Mrs. Armentrout had received her undergraduate degree 20 years earlier at Brown University and during the next two decades raised her children and worked as a "full-time community volunteer," mostly on child advocacy issues, she said last night.
Mrs. Armentrout is the second Maryland attorney to be nominated this month to the federal bench in Baltimore.
The first was William D. Quarles, 44, of Bethesda, a partner in the Washington law firm of Venable, Baetjer, Howard and Civiletti.