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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | September 10, 2006
One candidate has been chastised by an ethics panel for using what it said were misleading campaign materials. Another is a witness - and the alleged motive - in a murder-for-hire case scheduled for trial in Baltimore this fall. And the four incumbents have been accused of publicizing endorsements that they did not expressly receive. Such is this year's campaign for four judgeships on the Baltimore County Circuit Court bench - one of several courthouse races on Tuesday's primary ballot.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Some courtrooms will soon be wireless in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Sixteen wireless access points will be installed in courtrooms and the State's Attorney's Office, allowing prosecutors to access Wi-Fi, reducing costs and improving efficiency, county officials said Monday. "Providing this real-time access to court-related documents reduces the costs of duplicative and unnecessary printing and significantly saves support staff time, enabling them to focus on higher priority tasks," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement released Monday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 22, 2002
Karlos Williams, a 21-year-old with a lengthy arrest record, has been convicted by a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury of attempted second-degree murder and three related charges. Jurors found him not guilty of attempted first-degree murder. Sentencing for Williams, who was featured in "Justice Undone," The Sun's recent series on murder cases in Baltimore, is scheduled for next month. Two years ago, Williams was acquitted of murder and attempted murder charges. Since then, he has been charged in two home invasions in the city, one home invasion in the county and the attempted murder.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
A 37-year-old man took the witness stand Thursday to deny charges that he had sexually abused his own son. The boy, now 8, testified a day earlier in Baltimore County Circuit Court that his father had sought certain acts as "punishment" when the boy misbehaved. Prosecutors say the abuse took place between August 2008 and June 2009, and led to an indictment against the suspect after the boy told his mother about the allegations. The man was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, assault and two sexual-offense counts.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | May 1, 1992
Joyce Danna remains in prison, although her 15-year-old murder conviction was overturned April 8 and a Baltimore County Circuit Court ordered her freed on $25,000 bond.Rachel Wohl, Mrs. Danna's lawyer, said her client's family and friends have not been able to post bail.Ms. Wohl said a fund set up by the House of Ruth, a shelter for battered women, has raised nearly $2,000, almost the 10 percent a bail bondsman requires.But the lawyer said she had expected Mrs. Danna to be freed immediately after Judge Thomas J. Bollinger set bail during a hearing five days after the conviction was overturned.
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December 20, 1994
For a state that has taken great pains to shield its judges from undue political pressures, Maryland now faces a dilemma. It can beef up its system of judicial discipline or watch as public anger fuels pressure for impeaching a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge who imposed a light sentence and expressed sympathy for a man who killed his wife.At a press conference in Annapolis earlier this month, a majority of women legislators announced that they will initiate action in the General Assembly to remove Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert Cahill from the bench.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
Five judges and a Baltimore civil rights lawyer have asked to be considered for the soon-to-be vacant seat on the Maryland Court of Appeals.The list of applicants for the state's highest court includes Alan M. Wilner, chief judge of the Court of Special Appeals, and Barbara Kerr Howe, administrative judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Howe was the only woman to apply for the seat.Also applying were Court of Special Appeals Judges James R. Eyler and Joseph F. Murphy Jr. and Baltimore County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1998
Keenan Kester Cofield -- dubbed by several judges a relentless abuser of the court system -- was back in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday, trying to file a legal motion in a suit that's already been dismissed against McDonald's Corp.In his latest legal maneuver, Cofield appeared undeterred by an unusual order restricting him from filing suits in the county.Cofield, 38, has spent most of his adult life seeking damages through dozens of lawsuits that were dismissed and called frivolous by judges in Alabama and Tennessee.
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June 12, 2004
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge denied yesterday a last-minute motion to delay convicted killer Steven Oken's scheduled execution on the grounds that he received ineffective representation at his 1991 trial. Oken's lawyers appealed that decision to Maryland Court of Appeals. They have also filed a separate action, set to be heard Monday, in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. The lawyers also said they plan to file a petition today in U.S. Supreme Court asking that the execution be delayed while they challenge the state's lethal injection method.
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By Madison Park and Jennifer McMenamin | October 17, 2007
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge faces drunken-driving charges after his arrest this week in Harford County. Lawrence Robert Daniels was stopped about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after a sheriff's deputy saw a sedan southbound on Route 152 near Joppa cross the shoulder line several times, said Sgt. Christina Presberry, spokeswoman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. After failing a field sobriety test, Daniels was arrested and taken to the Southern Precinct in Edgewood, where a breath test measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.09 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a police report.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 30, 2010
Judge Robert E. Cadigan Sr., a retired Baltimore County Circuit judge who was a student of the Civil War, died Thursday of cancer at his home in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Baltimore County. He was 75. "He was one of my very best friends," James T. Smith Jr., Baltimore County executive, said Monday. "He was an outstanding lawyer and loved being appointed to the bench. He considered it the pinnacle of his career, and he appreciated the opportunity. " Retired Baltimore County Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes was a longtime friend and shared chambers with Judge Cadigan for years.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 22, 2010
A 27-year-old Gaithersburg man who prosecutors say met a 13-year-old girl through the Internet and had sex with her in 2007 averted a trial by pleading guilty Thursday to second-degree rape. Bradford Lee Atkins Jr., who had been arrested at least twice before for sex offenses and on another occasion for gun violations, is to be sentenced on Feb. 4 by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Mickey J. Norman. The judge had begun picking a jury Wednesday and was scheduled to continue the process Thursday when Atkins chose to accept a plea deal on a single count.
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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | December 17, 2009
In her three decades as a prosecutor, S. Ann Brobst has gone after every kind of criminal - murderers, rapists, con artists, thieves - and, more often than not, she's thrown the book at them. Now, in her judicial robes, she's aiming for more magnanimity. "Most people are not evil," said Brobst, 56, who was sworn in Wednesday as a Baltimore County circuit judge. In many cases, she said, defendants charged with crimes "just messed up." Others, of course, were accused of unspeakable acts, and Brobst's job as the county's lead prosecutor of felonies was, as she puts it, "to do justice" for both victims and perpetrators.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | December 15, 2009
Judge Robert E. Cahill Sr., a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge who had been a highly regarded trial lawyer, died yesterday of gallbladder cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Riderwood resident, who had lived in Mays Chapel for the past five years, was 77. Judge Cahill, the son of a bar owner and a homemaker, was born in St. Louis and raised on Lake Avenue. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1949, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1953 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | July 24, 2009
J. William Hinkel, a former member of the House of Delegates and a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge who was the first administrative judge of the Baltimore County District Court when it was established in 1971, died Monday of cancer at a hospital in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The former Towson resident had lived in Myrtle Beach for the past five years and was 77. John William Hinkel was born and raised in East Baltimore. He was a 1950 graduate of City College and earned an associate's degree from the University of Baltimore in 1956.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | March 11, 2009
Marvin J. Land, a former Baltimore County Circuit Court judge and retired lawyer, died Sunday of cardiovascular disease at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Pikesville resident was 72. Judge Land was born in Baltimore and raised on East Barney Street, where his parents owned a grocery store. He was a 1953 graduate of City College. "While attending law school, Marvin worked as a butcher in his family's store," said his wife of 50 years, the former Ina Segal. When his father died, he ran the store while studying law at the University of Baltimore.
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BY A SUN REPORTER | October 18, 2005
A Baltimore County District Court judge and two attorneys in private practice in Towson have been appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to fill three vacancies on the county's Circuit Court bench. The three -- Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr., Judith Ensor and Timothy J. Martin -- were among 15 people nominated to fill the seats of retiring Baltimore County Circuit Judges Robert E. Cadigan and J. Norris Byrnes, as well as the one new slot on the bench. Towson lawyer Philip Tirabassi, who was also a nominee for the Circuit Court seats and had been a finalist for last year's District Court openings, was named to replace Cahill in District Court.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2004
Judge August Owen "Gus" Hennegan, a former Towson lawyer appointed to the Baltimore County Circuit Court by Gov. Harry R. Hughes, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 82. "Gus was the best of the best. He had a fantastic personality, knew the law, and no case was too difficult for him to tackle. Anything you gave him, he could handle, and he did it all perfectly," said retired Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II. "He was everything a lawyer and a judge should be, and was as well-thought of a human being as I've ever met."
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