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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 Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Former Howard County school board member Allen Dyer was turned back Wednesday in his latest attempt to reverse a Maryland State Board of Education decision removing him from office - even though that decision came after his elected term was already over. Dyer, an Ellicott City attorney who lost his bid for re-election in the 2012 primary, has argued that the state board had no authority to adjudicate the case, but Circuit Judge Louis A. Becker disagreed. The decision was the latest in a matter dating to June 2011, when the county school board asked the state body to remove Dyer, alleging such transgressions as "bullying" board members and staff, undermining board functions and breaching confidentiality requirements.
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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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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Retired Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who during his years on the bench developed a reputation for being even-keeled and fair-minded to all sides and had the distinction of presiding over the longest murder trial in the history of Maryland, died Sunday of renal failure at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Westminster resident was 79. "Judge Burns was a very personable individual who was completely free of any haughtiness or phoniness. He was both a very genuine person and judge," said Thomas E. Hickman, who served as Carroll County state's attorney from 1974 to 1995 and is now in private practice.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
Taking a rare step, the state Commission on Judicial Disabilities has issued a public reprimand to Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas, one of the longest-serving members of the bench. Also yesterday, the commission canceled a public hearing on Prince George's County District Judge Richard A. Palumbo, who retired last week amid controversy about his comments to a domestic violence victim who was later severely burned by a man from whom she had been seeking a protective order. The commission investigated and held a public hearing in June on the Prevas matter.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2000
Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. underwent heart surgery yesterday at a Baltimore hospital and could be out of the courthouse recuperating for nearly three months, court officials said. Kane, 61, was listed in critical but stable condition last night at Union Memorial Hospital after heart bypass surgery. The usual recovery time for bypass surgery is eight to 12 weeks. Kane entered Howard County General Hospital early Monday complaining of chest pains, and was transferred that afternoon to Union Memorial for tests.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | April 19, 1992
Harford Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill has stepped down from a custody case involving a woman who took her daughter into hiding in Kentucky to avoid contact with the child's father.Last week, Whitfillconfirmed that he has removed himself from the sealed case and turned it over to Circuit Judge Maurice W. Baldwin Jr."I have no comment," said Whitfill last week. "I just decided to let Judge Baldwin handle it for a while."Now that a new judge is scheduled to hear her case, the woman says she hopes the court will see a different perspective on her plight as a mother who has tried toprotect her 5-year-old daughter by taking the child into hiding.
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November 8, 1993
Samuel W. H. Meloy, a former Prince George's County Circuit judge and recently retired head of the agency that settles disputes over land acquisition for the Washington Metro system, died Friday after a long battle with liver cancer at his home in Davidsonville. He was 78."He was very caring and strong, always able to cope with things," said his son, William Stephen Meloy of Annapolis. "He never believed that God gave him more to deal with than he could bear, and he took it one day at a time."
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February 29, 2000
Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. was admitted to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore yesterday after feeling chest pain this weekend, court officials said. Kane, the chief administrative judge for Howard County Circuit Court, is undergoing medical tests on his heart at Union Memorial and could be out for several weeks depending on test results, the officials said. Kane, 61, has been serving on the Howard County Circuit Court bench since 1982 and has been the administrative judge since 1991.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2002
Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Robert H. Heller Jr. will retire by the end of June, creating a fourth vacancy on the 10-judge bench and giving Gov. Parris N. Glendening the opportunity to have chosen all of its judges. Speculation that Heller, a judge for 18 years, would retire when he turned 60 on March 8 had been rampant for months, even after he told the governor last summer that he wished to be reappointed for a second 15-year term. During a February vacation "it started to feel right to me that the time was now," he said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Two new circuit administrative judges were appointed to oversee the day-to-day court functions in the city, Baltimore and Harford counties. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox was appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties, and Baltimore City Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson was appointed to the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore City. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera named the new circuit administrative judges which oversee the administration of the courts, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 25, 2013
Ten lawyers, including the county's state's attorney and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, have applied for a vacancy on the Harford County Circuit Court. The 10 applicants to replace recently retired Judge Emory A. Plitt Jr. are: • Joseph Ignatius Cassilly, Harford County State's Attorney since 1983; • Michael Gerard Comeau, a senor assistant attorney in the Harford County Law Department and a former state delegate; • Yolanda Lauranzon Curtin, a state administrative law judge and former Harford prosecutor; • Michael Hugh Andrew Daney, associate zoning hearing examiner for Harford County; • Howard Wayne Norman Jr., a member of the House of Delegates representing Northern Harford; • Steven J. Scheinin, a lawyer in private practice and previous judge applicant and candidate; • District Court Judge Victor Kuras Butanis, a district judge since 1996; • Melissa Lazarich Lambert, chief legal counsel to the Harford County Council and a former assistant state's attorney; • Kerwin Anthony Miller Sr., deputy state's attorney for Cecil County; • Diane Adkins Tobin, deputy state's attorney for Harford County.
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By Luke Broadwater and Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
A Circuit Court judge has ruled that Baltimore County's contract with its speed camera vendor is illegal, because it pays the company a cut of each citation issued — a ruling that could help others challenge their citations in court. While Judge Susan Souder's ruling dismissed only a single speed camera ticket, the opinion is believed to be the first time a judge has ruled against the legality of the so-called "bounty system," one of the most controversial elements of the law. The ruling could help other motorists fight speed camera tickets, even though it has no direct effect on other cases, said John A. Lynch Jr., a professor and associate dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law. "It's not binding precedent," he said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
Judge Elsbeth Levy Bothe, a well-known former criminal defense attorney who served on the Baltimore Circuit Court for nearly two decades and had a taste for the macabre, died Wednesday at her Homeland residence of complications from a stroke she had suffered three weeks earlier. Judge Bothe was 85. "Elsbeth was always there for justice. She was fair, just, but could be very tough," said Ellen A. Callegary, who clerked for Judge Bothe in 1976 and was a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm of Callegary & Steedman.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Michael E. Loney, a retired Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge recalled for his moderate temperament, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 5 at his Arnold home. He was 73. "He was a gentleman and a gentle man," said a friend, Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis, administrative judge of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. "He loved the law, and he loved helping people in his private life and on the bench. He was always fair and always of moderate temperament. " Judge Davis-Loomis said, "He was the kind of judge you hope you get. " Born in Baltimore and raised on Monastery Avenue in Irvington, he was the son of a homemaker and a hardware salesman.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Judge William R. "Bucky" Buchanan Sr., who served as a district judge and as a circuit judge for Baltimore County, died Friday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Stoneleigh resident was 86. The son of an automobile salesman and a homemaker, William Raymond Buchanan Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the 3500 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly. After graduating in 1944 from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, Judge Buchanan enlisted in the Army, where he served in Germany as a military policeman.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1997
Retired Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Matthew S. Evans Sr., who was praised for his evenhandedness and courteousness, died Sunday of Parkinson's disease at Ginger Cove Life Care Center in Annapolis. He was 92.Judge Evans was first elected to a 15-year term in 1956 -- he had won the primary by 300 votes. He subsequently became the county's administrative judge and then administrative judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties. He retired in 1977.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1997
A Baltimore County circuit judge reacted with skepticism yesterday to claims by opponents of the UMBC Research Park that county officials acted illegally when they approved the 41-acre project on a corner of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus."
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2012
Paul A. Dorf, a former state senator and Baltimore City circuit judge who championed the use of arbitration and mediation as alternatives to an overcrowded court system, died of renal cancer Thursday at his home in Harbor Court. He was 86. "Paul brought a very strong spirit of collegiality, high ethical standards, energy and enthusiasm to the practice of law," said Oren D. Saltzman, managing partner of the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, which Judge Dorf joined in 1983 after retiring from the bench.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
Filmmaker John Waters' crazy cross-country hitchhiking journey continues, with word Monday that he sped through Kansas with a middle-aged married couple from Illinois. Laura Broviac and Michael McHaney, she a county Democratic Party chief, he a circuit judge, were motoring through Junction City, Kansas, this weekend and according to wjbdradio.com, saw a man near an exit ramp holding a sign. She thought he looked like Waters and after a quick Google search, found that the Baltimore filmmaker was in fact hitchhiking across country.
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