Howard County prostitution case delayed

Woman is charged with running service out of her home


The trial of a former University of Maryland, Baltimore County assistant professor charged with running a prostitution service out of her Ellicott City home was postponed yesterday after her lawyer asked for more time to prepare the case, including the possibility of a plea deal from prosecutors.

Brandy M. Britton, 41, of the 10200 block of Shirley Meadows Court is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 8 in Howard County District Court.

She faces four counts of prostitution, each of which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $500 fine.

Britton's lawyer, Christopher Florh, told Judge Pamila J. Brown that he needed more time because he had entered his appearance as her lawyer yesterday.

"This is not a simple case," he said, adding that the state has made his client an offer and that he needs to be able to "fairly field that offer, and I have not had the time to do it."

Prosecutor Leigh Kessler fought the postponement, saying that Britton, who was arrested in January, had known of yesterday's court date since March.

Britton, who was an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at UMBC from 1994 to 1999, did not appear in the courtroom yesterday. The judge, at her lawyer's request, waived her appearance.

Instead, Britton sat in a conference room across from the courtroom. She waited for about an hour after her hearing was over - until media cameras were no longer visible outside the courthouse's wall of windows - before she briskly walked out of the building.

Britton did not comment as she left and shielded her face with a briefcase.

Flohr walked in front of her, at one point putting his hand in front of a news photographer's camera, and asked the media to respect his client's privacy.

Britton dashed to her car and drove away.

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