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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
As Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sat through his criminal misconduct trial, behind him sat people hoping the testimony and guilty verdict could bolster their pending civil cases. Two former county employees were there, seeking fodder for cases in which they allege they were wrongfully fired, one for complaining about Leopold's behavior, the other for helping her co-worker with her claim. Also there were attorneys for the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union who are building a case over allegations that Leopold ordered police to compile dossiers on his political opponents.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Two families who say they are linked through police brutality filed separate lawsuits against the Baltimore Police Department on Monday, alleging that two officers involved in an in-custody death should not have been on duty. Abdul Salaam, 36, says he was beaten in July 2013 after a traffic stop by Officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz and that he never got a response to his complaint filed with internal affairs. Those officers would be implicated less than three weeks later in the death of 44-year-old Tyrone West while he was in police custody.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | March 28, 1991
Most civil cases scheduled for trial during the next 12 months in Howard County will be postponed because of a series of murder trials starting next month, the Circuit Court's assignment clerk said yesterday."
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit can go forward against Morgan State University that contends the school failed to protect Joshua Ceasar, who was brutally beaten last year by an electrical engineering student who previously showed signs of violence and mental instability. The student, Alexander Kinyua, 22, was later accused of murder and cannibalism in the death of a family friend. Judge Videtta A. Brown found that there was potential for "foreseeability" on the part of the school that "something bad was going to happen," said Steven D. Silverman, Caesar's attorney.
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By M. Dion Thompson | November 23, 1990
Members of the Maryland State Bar Association are looking for a few good civil cases to settle, and they know the cases are out there on the dockets of the state's circuit courts."
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By Sheridan Lyons | April 25, 1991
Three dozen lawyers showed up yesterday to learn about a program devised by Baltimore's Circuit Court judges to tackle the thousands of cases that are piling up faster than the courts can handle them.Some judges already have volunteered to act as mediators to settle cases, and yesterday the court asked the attorneys, from area law firms and bar associations, to do the same.Judge Ellen M. Heller, who is coordinating the plan, said that only 240 civil cases are assigned to judges each month while about 600 new civil cases are filed, not including hundreds of asbestos injury claims, which are being handled separately.
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By EILEEN AMBROSE and EILEEN AMBROSE,SUN REPORTER | January 1, 2006
To Americans drowning in debt, Andris Pukke styled himself as a lifeline to solvency. He first promised loans to people with bad credit when he was barely out of the University of Maryland, College Park in the early 1990s. When consumers paid for loans that didn't come, Pukke encountered the law. Undeterred by a guilty plea to mail fraud, Pukke then pursued credit counseling. He launched AmeriDebt Inc. in Germantown and perfected a new wrinkle in what had been a community-based service - advertising on late-night TV. This time, hundreds of thousands responded.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1999
The case could be a metaphor for a growing Carroll County: Black Angus cows wander out of their pasture into a main road at night, and two are struck by a motorcycle and a car. The cattle die; the motorists sue for damages.The March 1995 accident near Mount Airy soon landed in Circuit Court, and what became known as "the cow case" has become the county's oldest civil case, other than some continuing divorce and child-support battles, the court clerks said.Almost four years after it was filed, the lawsuit is set for a jury trial this week.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2002
The criminal and civil cases filed by an Ellicott City man who alleged that Ravens defensive line coach Rex Ryan beat him up will go away as part of a settlement between the two sides, lawyers said yesterday. Attorneys for Ryan and Robert Wheatley confirmed yesterday that a misdemeanor assault charge filed against Ryan has already been dismissed in Howard District Court. A civil lawsuit alleging assault, battery and emotional distress - and seeking $3.6 million - will also be dismissed in Howard Circuit Court, the lawyers said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
Federal prosecutors in Maryland hauled in almost $25 million owed to the U.S. government and victims of federal crimes in the most recent fiscal year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The office said it collected $11 million in criminal cases, mostly as restitution for government agencies and other victims, with some coming in fines and other assessments. Almost $14 million came in through civil fraud cases, along with penalties imposed on people and corporations for breaking federal laws.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
A Baltimore County man paralyzed from the waist down in a 2004 shooting at Randallstown High School was awarded $21.4 million Monday in a civil case against the two men convicted in the attack. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Cox ruled in favor of William "Tipper" Thomas, now 26, who was shot twice outside in the school parking lot about a month before he was scheduled to graduate. The gunmen - Matthew McCullough and Tyrone Brown - did not appear in court Monday and did not have attorneys in the civil case.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
The Baltimore-based NAACP and the pastor of a city mega-church were among those calling Sunday for a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman after the Florida man was acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. Meanwhile, a crowd numbering between 300 and 400 rallied at Baltimore's Inner Harbor to register frustration and dismay with the late Saturday verdict in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. "It was like it was my child," said Debora Evans, 57, of Baltimore, who attended the rally and choked up when she spoke about the verdict.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Months before a federal indictment detailed allegations of corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the smuggling and sexual improprieties at the core of that case had already been outlined in an inmate's lawsuit. Calvin Hemphill, in a handwritten civil complaint filed in federal court in July, alleged that fellow inmate Tavon White was a gang leader who held a startling degree of jailhouse power. Cellphones - illegal in the jail - were readily available to White, he held control over the jail's "working man" program, and he was able to come and go from his cell as he pleased, according to the court papers.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
Gay Lynn Diffenderffer had no idea that her husband was growing marijuana at their Baltimore County home, her attorney says, until state police investigating his mysterious disappearance discovered about 100 plants in a locked basement. Two weeks later, investigators found Michael Diffenderffer, 52, dead in his car - an apparent suicide that meant he would never face the drug charges brought against him when the marijuana was found. But that didn't close the book on his 2011 case.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
As Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sat through his criminal misconduct trial, behind him sat people hoping the testimony and guilty verdict could bolster their pending civil cases. Two former county employees were there, seeking fodder for cases in which they allege they were wrongfully fired, one for complaining about Leopold's behavior, the other for helping her co-worker with her claim. Also there were attorneys for the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union who are building a case over allegations that Leopold ordered police to compile dossiers on his political opponents.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
Federal prosecutors in Maryland hauled in almost $25 million owed to the U.S. government and victims of federal crimes in the most recent fiscal year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The office said it collected $11 million in criminal cases, mostly as restitution for government agencies and other victims, with some coming in fines and other assessments. Almost $14 million came in through civil fraud cases, along with penalties imposed on people and corporations for breaking federal laws.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1997
Baltimore will spend at least $360,000 to hire three outside law firms to represent police officers in criminal and civil cases this year.The Board of Estimates unanimously voted yesterday to allocate $120,000 to each of the three firms, Piper & Marbury, Verderaime & Dubois P.A. and to Eileen A. Carpenter.City Solicitor Otho M. Thompson said that the city, as part of its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, agrees each year to hire outside firms to represent police officers when they have been named as defendants in criminal or civil cases that arise from the performance of their official duties.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,SUN REPORTER | December 3, 2007
Although they have shown improvement, most of Maryland's circuit courts still fall short of the ambitious standards set in 2001 to complete cases in a timely manner. Of the state's 24 jurisdictions, four met the goal of completing 98 percent of their civil cases in 18 months, and six met the goal of completing 98 percent of their criminal cases in six months, according to reports for fiscal year 2006.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Barbara McDowell is banking on the free legal advice she received at one of Maryland Legal Aid's recent pro bono days to help resolve a seven-year child support dispute with the father of her grandson. The Pikesville woman, who said she has raised her grandson since her 32-year-old daughter died of breast cancer , said finding money on her fixed income to pay for a lawyer has never made the top of her priority list. She was one of more than 100 people who turned out Oct. 20 for the free help in Randallstown, one of several such events held across the state each year.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Three years after an Arnold man was shot in his home during a scuffle with Anne Arundel County police, the trial of his lawsuit claiming officers overreacted and violated his rights is scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon. Michael A. Housley, and his wife, Leah, claim that a team of officers used excessive force when they came to his home to return his wife to a hospital for an evaluation. The county and police have denied wrongdoing. Housley, 54, sued after he was fined $500 by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Philip T. Caroom for hindering police by barring them from entering the family's home.
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