City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 08, 2007

Courts

Krauser named to lead appeals courts

Judge Peter B. Krauser, a seven-year member of the Court of Special Appeals and a former federal prosecutor, will take over as chief judge of the state's second-highest court, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced yesterday.

Krauser will replace Chief Judge John G. Murphy, whom O'Malley appointed this week to the Court of Appeals, Maryland's highest court.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Krauser will be responsible for assigning cases, ruling on motions for injunctions pending appeal and other tasks.

"I am pleased to appoint such a respected jurist to this important position," O'Malley said in a statement. "I am confident that Judge Krauser will lead the Court of Special Appeals with fairness and integrity, and will ensure that the Court of Special Appeals continues to operate in an efficient and productive manner."

Andrew A. Green

Baltimore

Teenage girl wounded by gunfire

A 15-year-old girl was shot last night in East Baltimore, the first shooting in the city in a week, police said.

The girl was shot in the lower back about 6:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Rutland St., a police spokeswoman said. Her injuries were not life-threatening, the spokeswoman said, and she was taken to an area hospital. Before yesterday, the most recent shooting had occurred on Dec. 1 in the 2700 E. Chase St. The victim was a 20-year-old woman.

No arrests had been made in last night's shooting as of 9 p.m., police said.

Hamm expected to get Coppin job

Former Baltimore police chief Leonard D. Hamm is "highly likely" to be appointed Coppin State University's top cop next week, campus officials said yesterday.

Hamm, who resigned under pressure in July amid a rising city murder rate, is negotiating with the West Baltimore college to assume the director of public safety position, which has been vacant since last December, said spokeswoman Ursula Battle.

"Mr. Hamm's law enforcement experience makes him the perfect candidate," said Coppin interim President Sadie R. Gregory in a statement.

Hamm declined to comment.

Gadi Dechter

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