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By Frank Langfitt and William F. Zorzi Jr. and Frank Langfitt and William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writers | October 6, 1994
Gov. William Donald Schaefer's commutation of the life sentence of a woman who burned her husband to death sparked outrage and criticism yesterday from the judge in the case and the victim's brother.A Kent County jury convicted Dorothy Lou Stevenson of first-degree murder in 1978 after she poured gasoline on her sleeping husband and set him on fire, according to court testimony. She killed her husband, Thomas, hours after she caught him with another woman.The governor commuted her sentence on Monday.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
Among the historic judicial appointments Gov. Martin O'Malley made official Wednesday morning, the governor also named his chief lobbyist to become a Baltimore County District Court judge. In her first year as chief legislative officer, Stacy A. Mayer pushed through perhaps O'Malley's most ambitious legislative agenda this past session, passing new gun laws, repealing the death penalty and raising the tax on gasoline for the first time in two decades. Mayer, 40, came to the state's top lobbyist job after four years as a deputy legislative officer, and she spent 12 years as an assistant state's attorney in Howard and Baltimore counties.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 18, 1997
In a move hailed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening as a prime example of Smart Growth, the state Board of Public Works voted yesterday to keep the Washington County District Court in the historic district of Hagerstown.The board voted unanimously to spend $390,000 to buy a downtown warehouse that will be demolished to make way for a $6 million court building. The District Court is now in a former department store.Last year, former District Court Chief Judge Robert F. Sweeney proposed a new building on the outskirts of Hagerstown, but local officials, fearful that law offices and other businesses also would move from the city center, protested and won the support of the Glendening administration.
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April 27, 2000
A Westminster man accused of arson in fires at Cockey's Tavern in Westminster and a nearby garage March 8 was granted a bail reduction in Carroll County District Court in return for his agreeing to postpone a preliminary hearing scheduled yesterday. Bail for Clarence E. Mullinix, 29, of the 200 block of E. Main St. was lowered from a combined $150,000 to $60,000 in the two cases against him. Prosecutor Brian DeLeonardo said he requested the postponement so he could seek grand jury indictments against Mullinix on May 4. He said that $60,000 was a substantial amount of bail and that, if released, Mullinix would be required to remain in pretrial supervision.
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December 31, 2009
An attorney for a 30-year-old Salisbury man charged in the disappearance of a girl found dead Christmas Day says his client denies allegations that he harmed the child. Thomas Leggs Jr., a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware, was charged with kidnapping and burglary one day after 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell's family reported her missing. She was found dead in a wooded area days later. Arch McFadden, an attorney from the Office of the Public Defender, represented Leggs during a Wicomico County District Court bond hearing.
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February 26, 1993
Suspect in shooting released on bondMan is charged as an accessoryMatthew August Balaz Sr. of the 2400 block of Sandymount Road near Finksburg, charged with two counts of being an accessory after the fact in the shooting death of Gregory Lamont Howard on Jan. 28, was released on $10,000 bond Wednesday night.Bail for Mr. Balaz was reduced from $25,000 by a Carroll County District Court judge Wednesday after his arrest Monday night for his alleged role in disposing of the shotgun used in the slaying.
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June 21, 1997
A former instructor at Emerge Inc., a vocational-technical school in Woodlawn serving the developmentally disabled, has been convicted of battering a 35-year-old developmentally disabled man, the state attorney general's office said.Sigmond Earl Davis, 22, of the 3200 block of Howard Park Ave. in Northwest Baltimore's Forest Park was found guilty of battery Wednesday by Judge Richard Motsay of the Baltimore County District Court.Prosecutors said Davis hit the victim with a 10-inch wooden stick.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1997
Prosecutor Megan Beth Johnson was appointed an Anne Arundel County District Court judge by Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday."Ms. Johnson has a wealth of experience in domestic issues as well as criminal law," Glendening said. "She is highly competent."In her new post, Johnson will fill a vacancy created when Judge Michael J. Loney was elevated to the Circuit Court. She competed with six other candidates for the judgeship.Johnson, 45, is a 1979 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. She joined the Anne Arundel state's attorney's office in 1981 and was chief of the civil division from 1983 to 1993.
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By Erica C. Harrington and Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
A Baltimore County man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 20-year-old Ellicott City woman when she was a minor, Howard County District Court records show.Douglas Alden Wood, 57, of the 17000 block of Big Falls Road in Monkton, was charged Monday with two second-degree sex offenses, two third-degree sex offenses, one fourth-degree sex offense, one count of battery and one count of assault. He posted $20,000 bond that day.The charges came after the woman, whose family is acquainted with Wood, told Howard County police Aug. 1 that Wood fondled her and engaged in oral sex with her from 1987 when she was 11 to 1994.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 31, 1995
With little fanfare on Friday, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. started his second 15-year term presiding over a Carroll County courtroom.In a courtroom full of friends and fellow lawyers called to attend the impromptu ceremony, Judge Burns, 61, took the oath of office for a term that will run through 2010.Gov. Parris N. Glendening re-appointed Judge Burns to the Circuit Court in the fall.He will run unopposed in the November election because no one filed for the race by the 9 p.m. Dec. 26 deadline.
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