Richard M. PollittRetired judgeRichard Malone Pollitt, a...


December 20, 1992

Richard M. Pollitt

Retired judge

Richard Malone Pollitt, a retired judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals who while sitting on the Wicomico County Circuit Court was involved in a historic criminal sentencing, died Thursday of heart failure at his Williamsburg, Va., home.

Services for Judge Pollitt, who was 65, were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Asbury United Methodist Church in Allen, Wicomico County. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Judge Pollitt was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1972 by then-Gov. Marvin Mandel and to the Court of Special Appeals in 1986 by then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes.

While on the Circuit Court in August 1979, Judge Pollitt sentenced Richard D. Tichnell to death under the state's new capital punishment law that allowed defendants to choose whether a jury or judge sentenced them.

The case was the first in which the new law was used, but Tichnell was never executed. The last execution in Maryland occurred in 1961.

Tichnell had been found guilty of the murder of David G. Livengood, a 32-year-old Garrett County deputy sheriff who had discovered him and a confederate robbing a military surplus store of $1,400 worth of weapons.

Judge Pollitt was born in Allen and graduated from the old Salisbury State Teachers College and, in 1949, from the University of Maryland School of Law.

He practiced law in Salisbury and represented the now-defunct State Roads Commission in property-condemnation cases.

He also served as attorney for the town of Fruitland and in the Wicomico state's attorney's office.

He retired from the appellate court in 1989.

Before his appointment to the bench, he was a member of the Democratic Party on the Eastern Shore and was president of the Wicomico Young Democrats.

Judge Pollitt was a charter member and past president of the Allen Lions Club, a life member of Elks Lodge 817 in Salisbury and a member and former trustee of Asbury Church.

His first wife, Margaret Harrington Pollitt, died in 1973. His brother, Jesse, was sheriff of Wicomico County at the time of his death in 1960.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Taylor Pollitt; two children, Richard M. Pollitt Jr. of Allen and Susan P. Knowles of West Chester, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Alexander of Salisbury; two stepsons, William M. Taylor of Los Angeles and Thomas W. Taylor of Temperanceville, Va.; two sisters, Mary Lee P. Kolb and Kathryn P. Carey, both of Allen; and a number of grandchildren, step-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

Bedford H. Turner Jr.

Prosecutor, judge

Bedford Hackett Turner Jr., a former Queen Anne's County prosecutor and Eastern Shore Circuit Court judge, died Thursday at Easton Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was 84.

A memorial service for Judge Hackett will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Centreville. Burial will be in Chesterfield Cemetery in Centreville.

A native of Queen Anne's County, Judge Turner attended Centreville High School and graduated from Washington College and the Washington College of Law, now American University.

From 1938 until 1942, he served as state's attorney for Queen Anne's County, interrupting his legal career to participate in World War II.

Judge Turner was assigned to the the intelligence division of the Army Air Forces and served in England, France and Germany. He was discharged as a major.

After the war, he returned to Centreville and practiced law with his brother. In 1968, he was appointed by then-Gov. Spiro T. Agnew as a judge on Maryland's 2nd Judicial Circuit, which serves Queen Anne's and neighboring counties. He was on that bench until he retired in 1978.

Judge Turner was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Queen Anne's County Historical Society, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, the Tred Avon Yacht Club and the Talbot Country Club. He was a past commander of Jeff Davis Post 18 of the American Legion. He was also a member of the Queen Anne's and Maryland bar associations, and he was a member of the American Bar Association.

He and the former Dorothy Young Elliott were married 26 years.

Besides his wife, survivors include a brother, Edward Turner of Centreville; three stepchildren, Gail E. Thompson of Santa Fe, N.M., George Y. Elliott of New York City and Lloyd Tilghman Emory of Centreville; and a nephew.

Carroll R. Specht

Automotive mechanic

Carroll R. Specht, a retired automotive mechanic for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., died Wednesday of heart failure at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Services for Mr. Specht, who was 79 and lived in Arnold, were conducted yesterday at the Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie.

He retired in 1978 after 20 years of repairing cars, trucks and other equipment for the phone company.

He was born in Ellicott City and was married for 45 years to the former Pauline Ida Fry, who died in 1978.

As a hobby, he repaired antique cars.

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