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February 27, 2005|By Julie Bykowicz

Kenneth W. Ravenell

Occupation: Criminal defense attorney with Baltimore firm of Schulman, Treem, Kaminkow, Gilden & Ravenell

In the news: Ravenell represented defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell in a sexual child abuse trial that ended Feb. 17 in a guilty verdict.

High-profile career: The 45-year-old lawyer with an understated yet forceful style has done defense work since 1988, after a three-year stint as a city prosecutor. Defense attorney William H. Murphy Jr. says of Ravenell: "If this were a sports league and we were keeping score, Ken Ravenell would have been the MVP every year for the past 10 years."

Murder charges against Ravenell's client Leeander Blake, one of two teenagers in a 2002 fatal carjacking in Annapolis' Historic District, were dismissed after the Court of Appeals upheld a decision that Blake's confession was illegal. Another client, Damon Anthony Williams, a disc jockey accused of the 2003 stabbing death of a Morgan State University student, was acquitted by a Baltimore jury.

Personal: Ravenell, a South Carolina native, graduated from the University of Maryland law school in 1985. He is married and has four children, including a daughter at Howard University who is considering a law career.

Philosophy: "We as defense attorneys are the ones who require the state to meet its burden of proof before someone's liberty is taken away."

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