Arundel panel criticizes judge's action in teen's case


December 10, 2005

A panel of Anne Arundel County judges rebuked yesterday another judge's unilateral increase of penalties in a teenager's plea deal and erased the $10 fines the judge slapped on him and his lawyer.

Attorney G. Andrew Cochran had challenged Judge Paul G. Goetzke's increase of his client's agreed-upon restitution by 50 percent, saying the law prevented the judge from awarding a victim money for inconvenience and that Goetzke was obligated to hold a hearing. Goetzke then fined the defense.

Cochran's client had shot marbles at a car, and a juvenile master had recommended that the teen pay $500 in restitution and perform 64 hours of community service.

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