Jury selection in landlord's trial under way

June 15, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Jury selection will resume today in the U.S. District Court drug trafficking trial of George A. Dangerfield Jr., who is accused of masterminding a drug ring and using the profits to build an East Baltimore real estate empire of 125 rental houses.

The panel selection was halted yesterday after about an hour because Dangerfield's lawyer, Stephen H. Sacks, had to make an unanticipated appearance in an unrelated case in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Before the Dangerfield case was adjourned, Sacks again asked the court to move the case to another community. The attorney referred to an article in yesterday's editions of The Sun that chronicled the 29-year-old entrepreneur's life from choir boy to slumlord. Sacks called the article "very prejudicial" and "very accusatory."

Judge Andre M. Davis denied Sacks' request, and noted questioning of prospective jurors during yesterday's abbreviated session at which few knew who Dangerfield is.

Davis said the results of the questioning "bodes well" for the prospects of getting a jury that can "fairly and impartially judge the facts in this case."

If convicted, Dangerfield could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $4 million.

Pub Date: 6/15/99

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