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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Robert W. Gladden Jr. "expected to be killed" on the day he allegedly shot a fellow student at Perry Hall High School, according to his lawyers, who said the teen remains on suicide watch in jail. The comments came on the day of the 15-year-old Gladden's first court appearance since the incident; his morning bail hearing was postponed after his attorneys requested more time to secure and examine recent mental health evaluations. Gladden did not speak in court, but kept his head down, letting his long dark hair hang in his face.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
After a woman picked out a photo of Tyree Threatt and said he was the man who robbed her off Reisterstown Road a month and a half ago, Baltimore detectives quickly got a warrant for his arrest, and they hauled him down to Central Booking over the past weekend, where he was held in lieu of $75,000 bail. There was just one problem: Records show that the 21-year-old Baltimore man was jailed in another case at the time of the robbery. A public defender who represented Threatt this week says he laid out jail records before a judge Monday showing that his client had what might have been the best possible alibi.
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July 6, 1994
A Howard County district judge postponed yesterday the bail hearing of a 27-year-old Hyattsville man accused of strangling a Silver Spring acquaintance in a Jessup motel.Judge Louis Becker, communicating with the suspect through a Spanish interpreter, permitted public defender Jane McGough extra time to consult with the man, Marcos Olvera Ramirez. The hearing could be rescheduled for today.Mr. Ramirez is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center in Jessup. He is charged with killing Shelton Woodrow Thigpen, 74, of the 8100 block of Piney Branch Road at the Cedar Motel in the 8000 block of U.S. 1 shortly after midnight June 23.Police said the victim's car was found abandoned in a Hyattsville neighborhood.
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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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April 10, 1991
A bail hearing was set today for a man accused of fatally stabbing another man during "a heated argument" over a woman, a police spokesman said.The argument broke out shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday at the home of the unidentified woman in the 800 block of N. Stricker St., police said.During the argument, Orlando Spence, 25, of the 5300 block of Lantern Court, was stabbed in the right groin, left side and abdomen, said Dennis Hill, police spokesman. Spence died en route to University of Maryland Medical Center, Hill said.
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February 3, 1992
A bail hearing is scheduled today in Upper Marlboro for an 18-year-old Washington man charged with raping a University of Maryland student in her College Park dormitory room, authorities said.The suspect, identified by campus police as David Earl Williams, was arrested before dawn Friday after the student told campus police she had been raped in her room in La Plata Hall.A 16-year-old boy accompanying the suspect also was taken into custody but was later released without being charged. Mr. Williams, who is not a university student, was being held without bond yesterday at the Prince George's County Detention Center, police said.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | January 31, 1995
A Carroll County man charged in the rape -- and, because he has the AIDS virus, assault with intent to murder -- of his two step-grandsons was unfairly denied bail by a Carroll County judge, the state's second-highest court has ruled.In a brief opinion filed earlier this month, the Court of Special Appeals said that Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. "abused his discretion" in November by declining to review the $100,000 bail set earlier by District Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones.In declining to change the bail amount -- which was related only to allegations involving one of the step-grandchildren -- Judge Burns said, "Well, I find it difficult for me to reverse what Judge Jones has done, in light of my past relationship with Judge Jones."
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff | January 16, 1992
A bail hearing in Eastside District Court was set today for a 14-year-old boy charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 47-year-old woman Tuesday night, police said.In a separate incident, a man who was shot twice at Luzerne Avenue and Hoffman Street in East Baltimore died shortly after 1 a.m. today, becoming the city's 20th murder victim of 1992, police said.The 14-year-old boy, a resident of the 800 block of E. Chase St., was interviewed last evening at police headquarters after homicide detectives investigating the slaying of Mary Maza Jackson, of the 1000 block of Wilmot Court, received information about him as a possible suspect in the case.
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By Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin and Alisa Samuels and Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff | January 8, 1992
A Jamaican man faced a bail hearing in city District Court today on charges related to the firebombing of an East Baltimore rowhouse that resulted in the deaths of two children and injured a 38-year-old man last week.Renford Augustus Martin, 32, of the 2200 block of Mura St., was picked up by city homicide detectives about 7:30 a.m. yesterday inside a house in the 4900 block of Todd Ave.After questioning, Martin was charged about 7 p.m. with two counts of homicide by arson, one count of attempted murder by arson and arson in connection with the firebombing last Friday.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff | February 12, 2000
ATLANTA -- Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and two acquaintances were indicted yesterday on murder and assault charges, and the city's top prosecutor insisted Lewis "participated in the crime" that left two dead after a fight that spilled over from a Super Bowl party last month. The grand jury indictments charge Lewis and his two acquaintances each with two counts of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The indictments against the 24-year-old star football player dashed his lawyers' hopes that the case would quickly crumble under what they say is scant and inaccurate evidence.
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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 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 ERIKA BUTLER and KRISHANA DAVIS | April 29, 2014
A woman has been charged following a fight in Edgewood Thursday evening that sent one woman to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and injured at least two others. Danielle Kirksey, 25, of the 1600 block of Edgewood Road in Edgewood, is charged with first and second-degree assault following the fight and stabbing, police said. Kirksey was released Saturday from the Harford County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, according to court records. Edward Hopkins, spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said the incident began shortly before 6 p.m. The original emergency call for a stabbing in the 500 block of Candlewood Court was broadcast at 6:04 p.m. Hopkins said it appears the fight broke out between two women in the 500 block of Candlewood Drive, stemming from an ongoing dispute between them.
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By Jessica Anderson and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Timothy Virts, subject of a manhunt last month that triggered a multistate Amber Alert ending at a South Carolina motel, has been formally indicted on charges that he abducted his 11-year-old daughter and killed her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36. Virts was indicted Monday by a grand jury in Baltimore County on nine counts, including murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse and other charges, according to court records. The murder charge alone carries a potential life sentence. No trial date has been set, but Virts is expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing within 30 days.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
With lawmakers still far apart on how to overhaul Maryland's bail system, legislative leaders and the O'Malley administration have cobbled together a short-term fix that involves an executive order and recruiting private attorneys for little or no pay to represent poor defendants. At the direction of legislative leaders, a joint House and Senate committee has set aside $10 million in the state budget to address a ruling by Maryland's highest court that the current bail system is unconstitutional because it fails to provide lawyers early enough in the process.
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April 3, 2014
The General Assembly session ends Monday, and already lawmakers have sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill banning discrimination against transgender individuals, reforms to Baltimore's liquor board and new protections against domestic violence. But a few major issue remain to be decided during the next few days, including: •Minimum wage. The most important item on Governor O'Malley's agenda has gotten steadily watered down.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Frank James MacArthur, the blogger known as the Baltimore Spectator, could go on trial in May after pleading not guilty Monday to gun and resisting-arrest charges that have kept him in jail for months. MacArthur is accused in connection with a December standoff as Baltimore police tried to arrest him on a probation violation charge. During the standoff, MacArthur protested his arrest on an online radio station and live-streamed his telephone discussions with a police negotiator over the Internet.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Lisa Goldberg and Gus G. Sentementes and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2004
Attorneys representing three teen-agers charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in a Mount Hebron High School bathroom are hopeful that they will be released today from the Howard County Detention Center, possibly with little or no bond. At a hearing Friday, District Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman denied bail for the three teen-agers, and they have been held at the Howard County Detention Center. This week, the county's Office of Public Defender requested another bail review for the teens, who may be present at today's bail hearing.
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March 28, 2014
If you're going to form an opinion on a subject such as public defenders and bail reform, you should have knowledge of that subject and a clear understanding of all of the facts. Obviously, The Sun's editorial supporting Senate Bill 973 ( "Getting out of jail free," March 27) demonstrates you are not well informed. You are partially right in saying, "The bill would prevent court commissioners from making decisions... negating the need for public defenders…. " If you read the actual bill or listen to the testimony given in both the House and Senate committee hearings, you would realize 70 percent of the commissioners would be terminated.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Timothy Virts, accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez this month and abducting one of their daughters, will remain in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Virts, 38, waived his right to attend a bail hearing and did not appear in court. No attorney was present. The judge complied with a prosecutor's request to continue holding Virts without bail. Police say Virts stabbed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez in her house in the 3100 Ardee Way in Dundalk earlier this month and fled the area with their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.
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