Emory refused bail judge fears he would flee

November 07, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge yesterday refused a request by James "Mitch" Emory that he be freed on bail pending his trial on drug kingpin charges.

Mr. Emory, 47, of Pasadena, had been ordered held without bond Oct. 29, after being charged along with his wife, school principal Patricia Emory, as a drug kingpin for allegedly bringing $1 million worth of marijuana into the state.

Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K. Anders said yesterday that Mr. Emory faces up to 40 years without parole if convicted. If freed, he said, "there would be nothing to keep him from driving five or 10 miles to BWI and hopping on a plane to Argentina."

Peter S. O'Neill, Mr. Emory's attorney, said his client could post both a second house he owns in Linthicum, worth $200,000, and his mother's house in Linthicum, worth $250,000, to ensure his presence for trial. Prosecutors have filed forfeiture proceedings against the couple's $430,000 Pasadena home.

Mr. O'Neill asked that Mr. Emory be placed on an electronic home monitoring system, which would be hooked up to his telephone and would alert authorities electronically if he strayed more than 125 feet from the device. He argued that Mr. Emory has no more reason to flee than his wife.

Mrs. Emory, who was not in court yesterday, was released Oct. 30 after posting 10 percent of a $150,000 bond.

But Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. refused the request, saying Mr. Emory would likely flee if freed.

"I can't believe that someone's going to stay around facing these kind of charges," the judge said. "The fact that he would lose three homes [by fleeing] would be like change in his pocket to him."

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