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September 21, 2007

Panel nominates 3 for Court of Appeals

A state commission has selected three people to fill a vacancy on Maryland's highest court, according to the office of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The Judicial Nominating Commission selected Judge Joseph Murphy Jr., 63, chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals since 1996; Robert McDonald, 55, head of the opinions and advice division for the Maryland attorney general's office; and Nancy Forster, 49, who heads the Maryland public defender's office.

The names were submitted to O'Malley on Wednesday, and the governor plans to interview them in coming weeks. No schedule has been set for O'Malley to make a decision on the nomination, which must be approved by the state Senate.

O'Malley, a Democrat, will be choosing a replacement for Judge Alan M. Wilner on the seven-member Court of Appeals. He left the court this year when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Associated Press

Metro fare rise may be changed

The top manager of the Washington area's Metro system says the cost of riding the subway or bus might not increase by as much as he initially proposed.

General Manager John Catoe called last week for raising the minimum Metrorail fare by 40 cents while bus fares would increase 25 cents. Catoe now says he expects those figures to come down, though he isn't saying by how much.

Catoe says some sort of fare increase is necessary because of Metro's increasing energy costs, expanded service and growing maintenance needs. Metro carries about 1.2 million bus and subway passengers on an average weekday.

Revenue from passengers has increased in recent years as the system set ridership records, but the additional income has not offset rising costs.

Associated Press

Prince George's

: Greenbelt

Conviction in child-porn case

A former U.S. Capitol Police officer was convicted in federal court Thursday on child pornography charges.

A U.S. District Court jury found Michael Malloy, 35, of Bryans Road in Charles County guilty of enticing an underage girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography. The girl testified that Malloy had sex with her at his home in 2005, when she was 14.

She testified that she was driven to Malloy's home by Aaron J. Burroughs, a former volunteer football coach at Bowie High School and a former Metrobus driver. She also testified that Burroughs videotaped her having sex with Malloy and that Malloy videotaped her having sex with Burroughs.

Burroughs is awaiting trial in D.C. Superior Court on six counts of sex trafficking of children and first-degree child sexual abuse. The two men are longtime friends. Malloy testified that the girl told him she was a 19-year-old college student, but in her testimony, she denied it.

"As this case demonstrates, anyone who takes pornographic photographs or video recordings has an obligation first to determine that the person being photographed is an adult," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Malloy faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison when he's sentenced on Dec. 10.

Associated Press

Frederick County

: Frederick

Lawsuit-tied firings rejected

The Frederick County commissioners have rejected a plan to make employee lawsuits against the county a firing offense.

The board had planned to hold a public hearing Tuesday on the measure proposed by Republican Commissioner John L. Thompson Jr. last month after 39 of the county's professional firefighters filed nine lawsuits seeking a total of $100 million in damages for alleged pay disparity and unfair promotions.

In a letter to the commissioners in August, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Thompson's plan would infringe on constitutional rights and violate state and federal laws.

Associated Press

Three held in 2005 killing

Three people are in custody on charges stemming from a 2005 homicide near Frederick.

Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Dorsz and 20-year-old Randall Hildebrand have been indicted on federal firearms charges. Their indictment alleges 20-year-old David Lee of Frederick was shot to death in July 2005 to keep him silent. A third man, 18-year-old Eric Campbell, is being held at the Frederick County Detention Center on murder and conspiracy charges.

Dorsz and Hildebrand are Frederick County residents. Campbell is from Gaithersburg.

Lee's body was found near a driveway in the 9700 block of Reich's Ford Road. He had been shot once in the side of the head. Although Campbell was 16 at the time of the shooting, he is charged as an adult.

Associated Press

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