Former lawyer gets probation in drug case

March 08, 1994

An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge granted probation before judgment yesterday to a former Pasadena lawyer convicted last summer of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, clearing the man's criminal record so he can teach school.

David K. Guite, 28, of the 8000 block of Corkberry Lane pleaded guilty to the drug charge last June after a 16-year-old Brooklyn Park youth identified "Lawyer Dave" as the source of eight packets of marijuana found in the youth's house. Police also found Mr. Guite's business card in the youth's backpack.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. granted the request to wipe out the conviction over the objections of Cynthia M. Ferris, assistant state's attorney.

The ruling should help Mr. Guite fulfill his goal of one day working as an English teacher, said his lawyer, T. Joseph Touhey.

Mr. Touhey said his client lives with his mother, does volunteer work with HIV-infected patients, works as a teacher's aide in a Baltimore private school and is 14 credits short of a master's degree.

"He's here today because he's trying to turn his life around," Mr. Touhey said.

Holdup of eldery man fails; suspect charged

County police have charged a 39-year-old man in the attempted robbery Sunday of an elderly Severna Park man in the parking lot of a Pasadena bank, police said.

Fred Martin, 76, of the 200 block of Asbury Road had taken $40 from an automatic teller machine at the First National Bank branch at Fort Smallwood and Bar Harbor roads about noon and began walking back to his car, police said yesterday.

A man approached Mr. Martin, said he had a gun and demanded money. Mr. Martin got away from the man, and witnesses called police.

A short time later, police arrested David Edward Johnson, of no fixed address. He was charged with attempted armed robbery and theft.

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