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By C. Philip Nichols Jr | February 7, 2013
I read with great interest your article Jan. 31 about Laurel's first bank robbery by John Morgan. Sadly, this was not our last bank robbery and just as sadly, not the last 19-year-old to go to prison from our county. A quick review by the state archivist, Dr. Edwin Papenfuse, brings us the "rest of the story. " (By the way, if every part of government was as efficient or accommodating as the state archives, there would not be much to complain about.) The Hon. Chief Judge John P. Briscoe of our Circuit Court sentenced Morgan to five years in the state penitentiary, notwithstanding the recommendation for leniency by the bank president, Charles H. Stanley Sr. Several months later, Morgan's sister Gertrude, who was a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, applied to the governor to pardon her brother.
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December 7, 2012
E.R. Shipp's commentary on Morgan State University's growth as well as reminders of what happened in and around Morgan is much appreciated, especially by one who was witness to Morgan's growth in the 1950s and 1960s ("Moving on by moving up," Dec. 5). I taught history at Morgan from 1955 until 1967, and one thing I think was missing from the article is giving credit to the remarkable leaders who were responsible for Morgan's growth and increasing reputation. Among those who need to be mentioned are Morgan's president, Martin D. Jenkins, the nationally-recognized author and historian Benjamin Quarles, and the nationally-recognized collector of African art James E. Lewis.
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By Laurie Duker | November 1, 2012
More than 70,000 Maryland women become victims of domestic violence each year, but only a fraction of these women seek protective orders from our state's courts. If we want to do more to protect women, we need to make it easier and safer for them to get such orders. Alarmingly, sometimes women actually put themselves at risk just by going to court. Consider the case of a Montgomery County resident whose estranged boyfriend had repeatedly beaten and threatened her. When this woman finished her court hearing and had received her protective order, she began walking to her car alone.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2012
A lawsuit challenging both the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that pit bulls are "inherently dangerous" and a Baltimore landlord's decision to ban the animals from its property to avoid liabilities created under the ruling was recently amended to include the state's governor, attorney general and chief appeals judge as defendants. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Chief Judge Robert M. Bell are all being sued personally but within their official capacities, according to the amended complaint, which was filed Sunday night.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Suzanne K. Mensh, who served Baltimore County for nearly five decades as an Orphans' Court judge and then as clerk of the county Circuit Court, died Wednesday at Northwest Hospital. Her family said no cause of death was given. She was 82. "She was a sincere lady," said a son, Spencer Mensh of Reisterstown. "The first word that comes to mind with her is 'integrity.'" Judge Mensh was encouraged to run for office by members of a local Democratic club who worked with her at polling locations, her son said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
Suzanne K. Mensh, who ran Baltimore County's orphans' court for two decades and served as Circuit Court clerk for six terms, died Wednesday at Northwest Hospital. Her family said no cause of death was given. Mensh, 82, had been admitted to the hospital four days earlier because of her deteriorating physical condition, said a son, Spencer Mensh of Reisterstown. "She loved, heart and soul, what she did," he said by phone Friday. Mensh served as the clerk of the Baltimore County Circuit Court from 1986 until May 2010.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for sunny skies, with a high temperature near 78 degrees. It is expected to be clear tonight, with a low temperature around 50 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM LAST NIGHT... Baltimore County unions oppose Kamenetz pension bill : Public-employee unions are urging Baltimore County Council members to reject a proposal by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz that would cut pension benefits for some workers, saying it sends a bad message to labor leaders and undermines negotiations.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
A Baltimore circuit judge has been nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. George Levi Russell III, who has presided over 2,700 cases since 2007 on the Circuit Court, would fill a vacancy created with the retirement in 2008 of Judge Peter Messitte. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve Russell's nomination, which will now move to the Senate floor for a yet-to-be scheduled vote. "He has already had a hearing, and this is the second step," said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "This means Russell is well qualified for the position.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2012
J. Robert Brown, a retired attorney and Social Security Administration judge, died of stroke complications Saturday at the Lorian Health System Mays Chapel. He was 85 and lived in Timonium. Born in Baltimore and raised on Belgian Avenue in Pen Lucy, he attended Blessed Sacrament School and was a 1944 graduate of Loyola High School, where he played football. "He was a good athlete. He ran fast and he was durable," said a longtime friend and retired attorney, James O'Conor Gentry of Timonium.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who retired from Maryland's highest court last fall, has agreed to represent Sen. Ulysses Currie in an ethics inquiry expected to get under way in the General Assembly later this month. Currie, a Prince George's County Democrat who was acquitted of federal  corruption charges in November, could face disciplinary proceedings as a result of his admitted failure to fully disclose his ties with Shoppers Food Warehouse at a time when he was intervening before state agencies on the grocery chain's behalf.
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