The Week That Was

August 13, 2006

Two men convicted of murder

Two years and two trials after three young Mexican children were slashed and strangled in Northwest Baltimore, a city jury convicted their uncle and cousin - Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19 - of murder.

Judge rejects early voting

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled that the General Assembly's plan to allow voters to cast ballots in the week before Election Day is unconstitutional. It was a victory for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who has made opposition to early voting a central issue. Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he has filed an appeal of the decision.

Man pleads guilty to five murders

Raymont Hopewell, accused of being a serial killer who preyed mostly on the elderly, pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to five murders, four rapes and other crimes.

Inmate assaults on officers rise

Inmate assaults on Maryland correctional officers rose sharply from 2003 to 2005, a period during which staff positions were eliminated, overtime budgets were cut and vacancies went unfilled, a legislative panel was told.

Methadone clinic wins federal case

A federal jury ruled that Baltimore County officials discriminated against the patients of a Pikesville methadone clinic when they enacted a law prohibiting state-licensed medical facilities within 750 feet of homes.

Committee hears from Steffen

Testifying under oath before a legislative committee, Joseph F. Steffen Jr. said he teamed with the governor's appointments office in targeting workers to be terminated and that their political affiliations informed his recommendations. He refused to answer many questions about his recent employment and whereabouts.

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