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April 23, 2013
The 19-year-old Harford County man with developmental disabilities who is accused of killing his 2-month-old niece was ordered Monday to continue being held without bail. Colin Christopher Wolf, of the 2000 block of Bay Meadows Court in Forest Hill, is facing first degree murder charges after he allegedly struck the child, who had been left in his care, in the face Thursday night and she later died, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. After an earlier bail review hearing Friday where Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper questioned Wolf's competency, District Court Judge Victor Butanis ordered Wolf to continue being held without bail Monday and made no mention of any competency concerns.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore judge on Monday denied bail for Nicholas Heath, the suspect in this weekend's fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski. Heath, 32, was charged on Saturday with murder and other offenses in Malenski's death and processed at Central Booking on Sunday, records show. The judge's decision means Heath will be held as the case moves forward. Malenski was attending a show at the club on his night off and stepped in to help a co-worker break up a fight and kick a customer out, according to court documents.
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June 15, 2010
I agree with the judge's decision to hold Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba without bail in the first degree murder of Tyrone Brown ("Officer 'did what he had to,' lawyer says," June 15). First of all, Mr. Tshamba was an off-duty cop who could have gone about this situation differently. Secondly, you have witnesses who were with Mr. Brown and two independent witnesses who stated that Mr. Brown obeyed Officer Tshamba's wishes when he drew his weapon. Mr. Brown's hands were in the air when Officer Tshamba began to fire 13 rounds, 12 of which struck Mr. Brown.
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August 19, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's recent article on a man charged, arrested and detained pending trial for a robbery that occurred while he was in jail on a different charge (" Man charged with street robbery that happened while he was in jail Aug. 14) highlights a serious and pervasive problem with the way pretrial release determinations are made in Maryland - namely that judges erroneously believe they are required to accept the prosecution's allegations as true for the purpose of determining whether to detain or release a defendant.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The Senate voted 37-9 Monday night for a sweeping overhaul of Maryland's system for deciding who is held and who is released after an arrest. The legislation now goes to the House, where lawmakers have been struggling to reach consensus on their own version of a plan to respond to a Court of Appeals decision requiring that people who are arrested be represented by a lawyer at all steps of the bail review process. Previously, representation was not required for initial hearings before a bail commissioner.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
The teen homicide suspect stood with his head hung low Tuesday as his attorney pleaded unsuccessfully for a judge to take his youth and learning disabilities into consideration and grant him bail. Allen Pinkney, wearing the distinctive black-and-white T-shirt in which he was arrested Saturday, stood shackled in the second row of a courtroom in the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. Pinkney, 16, is one of two teenagers who Baltimore police say fatally stabbed 51-year-old Kimberly Leto during a burglary Friday in Highlandtown.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishopt@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
Baltimore bail bondsman Milton Tillman III, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges he defrauded the Treasury Department, lied on tax returns and permitted a prohibited person, his father, to participate in the insurance business through a type of bond guarantee. His father, Milton Tillman Jr., who was indicted alongside his son in February, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday as well, but his attorney Billy Murphy was held up in New Orleans. Tillman Jr.'s arraignment on charges he defrauded Ports of America Baltimore Inc., by allegedly saying he worked more than he did, as well as the Treasury Department, by claiming he made less than he did has been rescheduled to April 2. Tillman Jr. also faces charges of filing false tax returns, wire fraud, and illegally engaging in the insurance business through 4 Aces Bail Bonds.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
A Baltimore man charged in the killing of a 12-year-old girl was denied bail during a review hearing Monday morning. Bail had initially been set at $1 million following the arrest late Thursday of Kevin Simpson, 20. A judge decided Monday he should not be released before trial under any circumstances. Early May 26, Baltimore police said a white Ford Fusion was stolen during a robbery in which 15-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot and his friend, an unidentified 27-year-old man, was left in critical condition.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
A federal judge in Manhattan denied bail Thursday to Ross Ulbricht after federal prosecutors alleged that he plotted six killings earlier this year to protect his position as the operator of the sprawling online drug market Silk Road. Assistant U.S. Attorney Serrin Turner said it's not clear whether five of the intended victims actually exist. But Turner argued that Ulbricht could not be released without endangering the public or running the risk that he would flee. He said the 29-year-old had explored obtaining citizenship in another country and ordered fake identity documents.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Maryland's courts should provide defendants with lawyers at their first bail hearings in Baltimore starting in February, with other areas following closely behind, plaintiffs in a long running dispute over the issue proposed Friday. The Court of Appeals ruled in September that criminal suspects have a right to a lawyer at their initial appearance before a court commissioner, but that right has been left in limbo since then as the state grapples with how to provide public defenders at potentially thousands of hearings.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
In the aftermath of an eight-year court battle, a major change in the way Maryland's justice system operates finally boiled down Tuesday to one simple question. "Would you like to have a court-appointed attorney?" court Commissioner Jennifer Colton asked a heavily tattooed man sitting in her Towson office. Colton is a foot soldier in Maryland's sprawling judicial system, tasked with deciding whether arrested people should be released, required to post bail or held until they see a judge.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
A Baltimore man charged in the killing of a 12-year-old girl was denied bail during a review hearing Monday morning. Bail had initially been set at $1 million following the arrest late Thursday of Kevin Simpson, 20. A judge decided Monday he should not be released before trial under any circumstances. Early May 26, Baltimore police said a white Ford Fusion was stolen during a robbery in which 15-year-old Oscar Torres was fatally shot and his friend, an unidentified 27-year-old man, was left in critical condition.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The 28-year-old woman accused of intentionally running down three people in West Baltimore, killing two of them, including a toddler, was ordered held without bond at a bail review hearing Friday. Lucresha Mints, wearing glasses and a pink jumpsuit, did not speak during the hearing and did not react as District Judge Miriam Brown Hutchins read the charges against her. Mints faces two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and related charges. On Tuesday night, police say, Mints got into an argument with Latoya Skipwith in the 1900 block of W. Franklin St., then got into her vehicle and intentionally drove onto the sidewalk, striking Skipwith and two children.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
Regarding you recent editorial on bail reform, The Sun's publishes stuff without any effort to verify the facts ("Bail reform is still needed," May 7). You write that "in practice judges rarely overturn the commissioners' decisions regarding bond amounts and pre-trial incarceration. " Here are the facts concerning defendants who so far have gone to bail review for cases brought on May 7, 2014. Judges reduced seven bails and raised one. A Judge changed one $15,000 bail to "hold without bail status" and judges released two defendants on personal recognizance after commissioners had previously ordered them held on bail.
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May 7, 2014
Two years after a decision by the state's highest court mandating that criminal suspects be represented by counsel at every stage of their cases, including the initial bail hearing before a commissioner, we still have no sustainable plan to make that happen. Instead, lawmakers once again punted on the issue this year by approving a last-minute, $10 million fund to pay private attorneys to represent indigent defendants at their initial bail hearings — even though that amount may be grossly inadequate to cover the 160,000 such hearings held each year in Maryland.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Baltimore County Police this week have charged a man in 10 burglaries that occurred at off-campus apartments around Towson University last month. Vincent Davis Jr., 43, of the 1400 block of Taylor Ave. was arrested last week and charged with nine counts of first-degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He does not have an attorney listed in court records. Police reported 10 burglaries since April 4 at apartments near the university.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The 28-year-old woman accused of intentionally running down three people in West Baltimore, killing two of them, including a toddler, was ordered held without bond at a bail review hearing Friday. Lucresha Mints, wearing glasses and a pink jumpsuit, did not speak during the hearing and did not react as District Judge Miriam Brown Hutchins read the charges against her. Mints faces two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and related charges. On Tuesday night, police say, Mints got into an argument with Latoya Skipwith in the 1900 block of W. Franklin St., then got into her vehicle and intentionally drove onto the sidewalk, striking Skipwith and two children.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore judge on Monday denied bail for Nicholas Heath, the suspect in this weekend's fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski. Heath, 32, was charged on Saturday with murder and other offenses in Malenski's death and processed at Central Booking on Sunday, records show. The judge's decision means Heath will be held as the case moves forward. Malenski was attending a show at the club on his night off and stepped in to help a co-worker break up a fight and kick a customer out, according to court documents.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Criminal suspects in Maryland will have free access to lawyers at their first court appearances as soon as July, a top judiciary official said Tuesday, as the state struggles to comply with a court order that has been delayed for months amid concerns about its cost. The change, mandated by the Maryland Court of Appeals as a way to treat suspects more fairly before trial, has challenged all three branches of government. The General Assembly could not agree on a plan to restructure the pretrial release system, opting instead to put aside $10 million to pay for lawyers.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A 17-year-old Baltimore student is facing several assault charges in connection with a stabbing that occurred at a Southeast Baltimore school last week, according to court records. According to a notification sent to school officials, a 14-year-old student at Friendship Academy of Science and Technology was stabbed in the chest with a knife Friday after he and another student engaged in a verbal altercation. Sharrod Alston was arrested by Baltimore City school police. According to court records, Alston was charged as an adult with first- and second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and possession with a deadly weapon with the intent to injure.
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