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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 1, 2010
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the Baltimore trial of three alleged cult members accused of starving a toddler to death because he didn't pray properly. The defendants, who are representing themselves, rested their cases within minutes Monday without calling any witnesses. They face decades in prison if convicted. All are charged with child abuse resulting in death, which carries a maximum 30-year penalty, for depriving 16-month-old Javon Thompson of food and water.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of murdering a Lansdowne man following a road-rage incident last summer in Anne Arundel County During the final day of testimony in Circuit Court on Monday, two law enforcement experts offered opposite opinions as to whether Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, acted reasonably in shooting Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., 36, on the side of Route 3 near Interstate 97...
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February 17, 2005
Closing arguments Prosecutors argued that Maurice Blackwell molested Dontee Stokes from 1989 to 1992. They said Stokes is credible and has nothing to gain from pursuing the allegations. Defense attorneys insisted that Stokes fabricated the story about the former priest to justify his own questions about his sexuality. Deliberations The jury deliberated about five hours yesterday, sending a note at 4:40 p.m. that they were unable to agree on any count. The jury is scheduled to resume deliberations this morning at 9:30.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
With the primary a week away, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler has made what his campaign calls his “closing argument” in two new television ads. In one of the ads, Gansler addresses and spins his reputation for bluntness. Neither ad mentions the attorney general's Democratic opponents, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Del. Heather Mizeur. Voters may find that refreshing since Brown's and Gansler's campaigns have been publicly criticizing each other in recent weeks.
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 2, 2010
Closing arguments are expected today in the Baltimore trial of three alleged cult members accused of starving a toddler to death because he didn't pray properly. The defendants, who are representing themselves, rested their cases within minutes Monday without calling any witnesses. They face decades in prison if convicted. All are charged with child abuse resulting in death, which carries a maximum 30-year penalty, for depriving 16-month-old Javon Thompson of food and water.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday in the trial of an off-duty New Jersey police officer accused of murdering a Lansdowne man following a road-rage incident last summer in Anne Arundel County During the final day of testimony in Circuit Court on Monday, two law enforcement experts offered opposite opinions as to whether Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, acted reasonably in shooting Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., 36, on the side of Route 3 near Interstate 97...
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2003
Closing arguments are expected today in the murder trial of a man accused of stabbing to death his former mother-in-law, after Carroll County prosecutors rested their case yesterday and the defense attorney said he did not plan to call any witnesses. The Carroll County Circuit Court jury of five women and seven men could begin deciding the fate of Leon A. Costley Jr. by this afternoon. Costley, 38, is charged with first-degree murder in the death Aug. 14, 2002, of Helga Nicholls, a Westminster woman who was known as a frequent caller to Baltimore talk radio programs.
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By From Staff Reports | September 15, 1994
Closing arguments in Jason Aaron DeLong's first-degree murder trial are to begin this morning.Defense attorneys and prosecutors are expected to summarize what they believe they proved during the 14 days of testimony.The arguments -- each side will be given two opportunities to address the Carroll Circuit Court jury hearing the case -- are expected to last into the afternoon, attorneys said yesterday.Since Aug. 23, the jury of nine women and three men has heard testimony from almost a dozen mental health specialists, friends and relatives of Mr. DeLong, detectives and Mr. DeLong himself.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Testimony ended yesterday in the military trial of a Navy physician accused of secretly videotaping Naval Academy midshipmen having sex after prosecutors and defense attorneys argued over the doctor's whereabouts at the time gay pornography was downloaded to his computer. Closing arguments are scheduled for this morning in the general court-martial of Cmdr. Kevin Ronan at the Washington Navy Yard. The 41-year-old Annapolis resident is charged with conduct unbecoming an officer, illegal wiretapping and obstruction of justice.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 7, 2006
CHICAGO -- Summing up nearly six months of testimony in the corruption and racketeering trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, prosecutors depicted a corrupt, arrogant man whose actions forced the state to sacrifice public safety for political payoffs. Ryan, a Republican, was eagerly "pillaging the state coffers" for years and "might as well have put a `for sale' sign on his office" when acting as Illinois governor and secretary of state, assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Levin told jurors yesterday.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | November 8, 2013
The former aide at the  Maryland School for the Deaf  accused of groping seven female students denied the allegations on the witness stand in  Howard County  Circuit Court on Friday. Clarence Taylor III, who is deaf, will have to wait until at least Tuesday for a verdict from the jury, which recessed at 4:30 p.m. Friday, on the seven counts of child sex abuse he is facing. Earlier on Friday, which was the 10th day of the trial, three counts of child pornography were dropped by the State's Attorney's office.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Robert Jarrett Jr. was convicted Tuesday of murdering his wife, following a trial in which prosecutors described him as a "cold-blooded killer" who allowed his sons to walk over her body buried beneath their backyard shed for two decades. Howard County jurors handed down a guilty verdict on one count of second-degree murder after deliberating into the night, bringing an end to a years-long investigation. Prosecutors, who had pushed for a first-degree murder conviction, said they would seek the maximum penalty of 30 years in prison at Jarrett's sentencing, scheduled in August.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Lawyers on both sides of the Phylicia Barnes murder trial acknowledged the circumstantial evidence against Michael Maurice Johnson in closing arguments Monday. But while defense attorneys described flaws and inconsistencies, prosecutors said the facts point to Johnson as the only reasonable suspect. "It's not one thing," Assistant State's Attorney Lisa Goldberg told jurors. "It's everything. " Jurors began deliberating on those details in the 10th day of the trial, despite a second attempt from defense attorneys to get an early acquittal.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney denied Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's request for acquittal on all charges in his misconduct trial, clearing the way for closing arguments Tuesday. The defense rested today after calling a total of three witnesses: two doctors to testify to Leopold's health in 2010, and the county personnel director, who said she processed Leopold's requests to give some of his pay back to the county. Leopold's attorneys also entered his health records into evidence after asking Sweeney to seal them to preserve his privacy as a patient.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Political consultant Julius Henson's attorney used a stack of fake oversized money, invoked slavery and called prosecutors' election fraud case against his client a "bunch of bull-honky" during his closing argument Wednesday afternoon. Using props, charts and a blend of humor and outrage, Edward Smith Jr. talked to the jury for an hour, shifting his style between folksy and erudite. He quoted lyrics from the song "Backstabbers" by the O'Jays, showed jurors a photo of what he called a "twisted" man meant to represent the prosecution, and recommended that the deputy state prosecutor "just walk out the door right now" rather than present his arguments.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
ON THE SITE... Forest Hill girl seriously injured in lawnmower accident : A 5-year-old girl needed a double foot amputation after the Monday night accident. Obama to visit Baltimore on June 12 :  President Obama will make what could turn out to be his only Maryland campaign stop June 12 when he visits Baltimore for a fund-raising event, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday night. Waverly YMCA broken into, closes briefly :  The YMCA at Stadium Place in Waverly was broken into overnight and was closed as police investigated.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff Writer | July 17, 1992
As the nation's largest asbestos trial entered a new phase yesterday in a Baltimore courtroom, lawyer Ronald Motley delivered a brief pep talk to his clients sitting in the front row."Everybody OK?" he asked the men whose cases were profiled during the four-month trial. Affectionately slapping former Bethlehem Steel worker Legette McNeil in the leg, the lawyer asked, "How you doing, boss?""Hangin' in there," answered Mr. McNeil, as he breathed through plastic tubes attached to an oxygen tank.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
Deliberations in El Soundani El-Wahhabi's murder trial will spill into a second day after jurors met for six hours Thursday to determine whether he is guilty of killing a fellow patient at Clifton T. Perkins psychiatric hospital. El-Wahhabi, 51, also known as Saladin Taylor, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and is on trial in a Howard County courtroom. In closing arguments, defense lawyer Debra A. Saltz told the 12 jurors that her client was carrying out part of a murder-suicide pact with his best friend, Susan Sachs, 45, on Sept.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Closing arguments are expected Wednesday morning in the death penalty trial of a prisoner charged with fatally stabbing a correctional officer in the now-closed House of Correction. As the defense began presenting its case Monday, jurors heard prisoners testify that neither of the masked killers of Cpl. David McGuinn appeared to be Lee Edward "Shy" Stephens. Stephens, 32, is one of two convicted murderers accused of escaping from a cell whose lock had been jimmied and ambushing McGuinn.
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