Principal no longer accused, but she has yet to arrange her return to school

January 15, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

School officials and Patricia Emory, the Severna Park Elementary School principal once accused of being a drug kingpin, met this week but failed to agree on when she could return to her job, her attorney said.

"I am confident that Dr. Emory is innocent and has done everything requested of her by police and the state's attorney's office," attorney E. Thomas Maxwell said yesterday. "She has provided them with hours of testimony and documentation of financial records. We don't know what else we can do. If we did, then we would do it."

Mrs. Emory has worked for the county school system 19 1/2 years and has been principal at Severna Park since September 1991. She is paid $63,837 annually, and she has been on paid leave since her arrest after a pre-dawn raid Oct. 29.

Although her husband, James Emory, has been indicted on drug kingpin charges, State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee decided against seeking an indictment of Mrs. Emory last month. "An individual cannot be indicted for being the wife of a drug kingpin," Mr. Weathersbee wrote in a statement to the press.

The grand jury's term was scheduled to end by the first of the year. However, Mr. Weathersbee has held the jury over so it can continue to review evidence in the case.

"We have people and things to present," he said. "And since this grand jury has already heard some of it, I asked them to stay and continue hearing the rest." Mr. Weathersbee said he expects the grand jury to continue for about another month.

Mr. Maxwell said Wednesday's hour-long meeting with school officials was cordial and productive. Sources close to the case said Mrs. Emory likely won't return to work until after the grand jury finishes reviewing evidence in the case.

Mrs. Emory, 45, was arrested Oct. 29 with her husband and eight others.

Police seized about 400 pounds of marijuana from storage bins and homes here and in two other counties. No drugs were found inside Mrs. Emory's Pasadena home, but police did seize a briefcase containing about $10,000 in cash and drug-tally sheets hidden under the bed.

Mrs. Emory has maintained that she is innocent, saying her marriage was rocky and she did not know of her husband's activities.

* Also yesterday, a judge said he would decide next week whether Mrs. Emory's brother-in-law, Roger L. Emory, should be permitted to post bond so that he can be freed pending his trial on drug kingpin charges.

Judge H. Chester Goudy said he wanted time to consider issues raised in a hearing yesterday requested by defense attorney Timothy Murnane.

Deputy State's Attorney Gerald K. Anders said some 15 firearms and $18,000 were confiscated from Roger Emory's home and that he faces 40 years in prison if convicted.

"I don't think there's any question that anyone facing that kind of sentence poses a risk of flight," he said.

Mr. Murnane described Roger Emory, 42, as a lifelong Maryland resident who's been married 22 years, owns the family home in Glen Burnie and has worked at several home improvement contracting jobs over the past several years. He said the family has had to have the couple's teen-age daughter help pay the electric and telephone bills.

"What's happened to this family has been absolutely outrageous," Mr. Murnane said.

In a related matter, Judge Goudy refused to grant a motion requested by one of Roger Emory's co-defendants, Philip Dulany, to order the detention center to administer prompt medical care for a series of health ailments.

The judge dismissed the request after Mr. Anders said the jail would do what it could for Mr. Dulany's ankle problems and his allergies to penicillin.

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