Judge orders 3 trials for 6 in marijuana case

January 28, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday ordered six of the nine men charged as kingpins in what police described as one of the biggest marijuana rings in county history be tried in three separate trials.

Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. ordered James Mitchell Emory, 47, of Pasadena, Roger Lee Emory, 43, of Glen Burnie, and Philip B. Dulany, 48, of Pasadena, be tried together.

He ordered that William Bailey Jr. 46, of Annapolis, and George T. Johnson, 47, of Glen Burnie, be tried together and that Lawrence Leiben, 49, of Millersville, be tried in a third proceeding.

Deputy state's attorney Gerald K. Anders sought the joint trials based on convenience and the similarity of evidence against defendants, which he said indicates two interrelated drug rings.

He said the Emorys and Mr. Dulany are alleged to have sold marijuana from New York, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Bailey allegedly dealt in Mexican marijuana.

Mr. Leiben has given a statement to police implicating the others and is negotiating a plea agreement, Mr. Anders said.

He said the trials, whether separated or joined, may run two months each and involve testimony focusing on dozens of search warrants, video surveillance tapes, voluminous telephone records and "thousands and thousands" of pages of documents.

No trial dates have been set.

Attorneys for the defendants had sought separate trials because of concerns that evidence used in defense of one could prejudice the rights of the other.

Mr. Anders said if that appears to be the case, he will ask a judge to reverse the order.

A county grand jury indicted the six men in November in connection with an alleged marijuana ring. The Oct. 29 drug raids led to the arrest of Patricia Emory, principal of Severna Park Elementary School and James Mitchell Emory's wife.

Charges against her were dropped last year after she professed her innocence in newspaper interviews and agreed to answer questions before a county grand jury.

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