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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | June 29, 2002
C. James "Kit" Sfekas, a Howard County District Court judge whose four-month battle with medullary thyroid cancer sparked an outpouring of community support, died yesterday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 49. As news of his illness spread in the spring, good wishes from local lawyers, friends, neighbors and the teen-agers he coached on various sports teams poured into a Web site created to provide regular updates on his condition. By yesterday, the Web site, through the nonprofit group CaringBridge, had logged more than 14,000 hits.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the state's second highest court. O'Malley on Tuesday appointed Dan Friedman, an assistant attorney general, to the at-large position on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, a job vacant  since Judge Albert J. Matricciani resigned earlier this year.  Friedman has been the chief architect behind the Maryland's defense of its new ban on the sale of...
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By NANCY A. YOUSSEF and NANCY A. YOUSSEF,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
The 11 applicants for the new Howard County District Court judgeship have many similarities - all have been practicing attorneys for at least 12 years, many have worked for the state's attorney's office, nine have applied to become a district judge before, and all recognize that the county's courts are overloaded.They welcome the judgeship designed to deal with that problem, even if they disagree about who should fill it."The backlog [of cases] is incredible," said one appilcant, Pamila Junette Brown, who has been counsel to the state Department of General Services since 1990.
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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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September 1, 2002
Litsa Lee Sfekas, a retired legal secretary, died Monday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 80 and lived in Towson. She was a legal secretary for her husband, James S. Sfekas, whom she married Sept. 2, 1945. Family members said she helped her husband build a legal practice in the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Sfekas was appointed as a Baltimore County District Court judge and later was named to the Circuit Court. He died last year. Mrs. Sfekas also worked for the Baltimore County Department of Education.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | June 8, 2008
After being sworn in, the newest addition to the Harford County District Court bench fidgeted with the zipper of her new judge's robe. A smiling Judge Susan Hower Hazlett tugged on the obstinate zipper, then shrugged and said, "I don't know how to do this." In front of friends, colleagues and the local legal community in a packed County Council chambers, the former Baltimore County prosecutor was sworn in as the newest Harford County District Court judge. After thanking her family, mentors and friends, she vowed to be "guided with decency and integrity."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2000
Angela Eaves began her legal career in Maryland by defending the underdog. As a lawyer for the Legal Aid Bureau in Harford County, Eaves represented tenants facing eviction, women fighting for child support and indigent families denied public assistance. When she is sworn in today as a Harford County District Court judge, Eaves -- known for her sensitivity to people battered by life -- will become the county's first African-American judge. "I think she'll listen to people, and I'm excited about her taking the bench," said Dorsey Berndt, chief attorney for the Northeast Office of the Legal Aid Bureau, which represents indigent clients in Harford and Cecil counties.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | December 4, 2001
Twenty-three lawyers, including three county prosecutors, an administrative law judge and a master who handles child support cases, are vying for the single Howard County District Court vacancy created by Judge James N. Vaughan's promotion to chief judge of Maryland's District Court system. The long list of applicants, released late yesterday afternoon, was not unexpected: The county has not had a judicial vacancy since 1998, when C. James Sfekas was named to fill the newly created fifth seat on the Howard County District Court bench and none of the five Circuit Court judgeships have opened since the hotly contested 1996 election.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2002
A Baltimore prosecutor and a Baltimore County defense lawyer have been appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to fill two vacant judgeships on the Baltimore County District Court. Jan M. Alexander, 41, of Randallstown and Bruce S. Lamdin, 54, of Reisterstown will likely start work this fall. They will face state Senate confirmation during the 2003 legislative session. "Clearly, I'm thrilled," Alexander said Friday night, a few hours after getting the call from the governor. "It's still kind of settling in. It feels good."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Francis X. Hayes, a retired city police major and Baltimore County District Court commissioner who had arranged security for the first City Fair, died of kidney failure Monday at his Westminster home. He was 75. Mr. Hayes was born in Baltimore, the son of Irish immigrant parents. He was raised on the campus of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where his father was groundskeeper. He was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, and joined the Police Department that year as a patrolman.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | February 12, 2009
Werner G. Schoeler, a retired Baltimore County District Court judge and a coin collector, died Friday of sepsis at Summit Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville. The longtime Catonsville resident was 78. Judge Schoeler was born in Baltimore and raised on Harlem Avenue. He was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in College Park. While studying at the University of Maryland and for his law degree, which he earned from the University of Baltimore in 1953, Judge Schoeler worked at United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. Judge Schoeler met his future law partner, Roland Bounds, while working at USF&G, and after passing the Maryland Bar in 1954, he established a general law practice at the Charing Cross Shopping Center.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | September 20, 2008
Robert Numsen Lucke Sr., a retired Anne Arundel County District Court judge and former longtime Severna Park resident, died Tuesday of heart failure at Peartree House, a Pasadena assisted-living facility. He was 84. Judge Lucke was born in Washington and moved with his family to Howard Park in 1928. They moved to Round Bay in 1939. After graduating from Annapolis High School in 1943, Judge Lucke enlisted in the Army and served with an infantry unit in Europe until being seriously wounded.
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By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun Reporter | June 8, 2008
After being sworn in, the newest addition to the Harford County District Court bench fidgeted with the zipper of her new judge's robe. A smiling Judge Susan Hower Hazlett tugged on the obstinate zipper, then shrugged and said, "I don't know how to do this." In front of friends, colleagues and the local legal community in a packed County Council chambers, the former Baltimore County prosecutor was sworn in as the newest Harford County District Court judge. After thanking her family, mentors and friends, she vowed to be "guided with decency and integrity."
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER | May 22, 2007
Essom V. Ricks Jr., a retired Anne Arundel County District Court judge who pressed for renovation of the old Wiley H. Bates High School, died of cancer Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 60. Born in Annapolis, he was a 1964 graduate of Bates and member of its precision marching band, and had been a Boy Scout. He earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Morgan State University, where he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He served in an Army artillery repair crew in Vietnam and attained the rank of sergeant.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2005
A Howard County District Court judge ordered two former correctional officers indicted in a Baltimore jail detainee's death each held on $100,000 bail yesterday, while a third suspect is expected to have a bail review today in Harford County. The move by Judge Neil E. Axel caught the city state's attorney's office off guard because prosecutors had attempted to arrange bail reviews for all three men tomorrow in city Circuit Court. The men, who were indicted by a Baltimore City grand jury last week, face second-degree murder and assault charges in the May death of Raymond K. Smoot, 51, who died after a violent confrontation with correctional officers in his cell at Baltimore's Central Booking and Intake Center.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Francis X. Hayes, a retired city police major and Baltimore County District Court commissioner who had arranged security for the first City Fair, died of kidney failure Monday at his Westminster home. He was 75. Mr. Hayes was born in Baltimore, the son of Irish immigrant parents. He was raised on the campus of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, where his father was groundskeeper. He was a 1947 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, and joined the Police Department that year as a patrolman.
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May 20, 1999
A Pennsylvania man accused of driving around a Westminster block with the mother of his child hanging from his car was ordered yesterday held in lieu of $10,000 bail, court records show.Robert L. York, 60, of Littlestown agreed at yesterday's bail review in Carroll County District Court to waive extradition and, if freed on bond, to have no contact with the woman.According to police, York was engaged in a child custody dispute and had repeatedly called the woman at work since April 1. He went to her workplace May 1 and tried to take his son, whom she had taken to work with her, police said in charging documents.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1998
Ellicott City attorney Constantine James "Kit" Sfekas, 45, was named to the Howard County District Court yesterday by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.Glendening also appointed eight other judges yesterday in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Frederick counties.Sfekas, who has practiced law in Howard County since 1991, becomes Howard's fifth district judge."I was elated. I got in the car, drove home, and my wife and daughters and I went out and had dinner," Sfekas said last night.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2002
A Baltimore prosecutor and a Baltimore County defense lawyer have been appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening to fill two vacant judgeships on the Baltimore County District Court. Jan M. Alexander, 41, of Randallstown and Bruce S. Lamdin, 54, of Reisterstown will likely start work this fall. They will face state Senate confirmation during the 2003 legislative session. "Clearly, I'm thrilled," Alexander said Friday night, a few hours after getting the call from the governor. "It's still kind of settling in. It feels good."
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September 1, 2002
Litsa Lee Sfekas, a retired legal secretary, died Monday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 80 and lived in Towson. She was a legal secretary for her husband, James S. Sfekas, whom she married Sept. 2, 1945. Family members said she helped her husband build a legal practice in the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Sfekas was appointed as a Baltimore County District Court judge and later was named to the Circuit Court. He died last year. Mrs. Sfekas also worked for the Baltimore County Department of Education.
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