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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge dismissed a small portion of Maryland's suit against the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday and put the rest on hold pending the resolution of a case in North Carolina. Both suits are part of a legal tangle that ensued after Maryland - one of the ACC's original members - announced in November 2012 that it was departing for the Big Ten, effective in July 2014. Friday's decision by Judge John Paul Davey was a victory for the ACC, but not a complete one. Davey accepted the ACC's argument that the two cases should not proceed simultaneously because they were too similar to be treated independently.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in 2013 was unable to attend his own trial in Baltimore County Tuesday after he refused to wear a stun cuff. Jeffrey Matthew Shiflett, 35, charged with murdering Katie Hadel, 33, missed opening statements after Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ordered that he wear an ankle bracelet that can deliver an electric shock. Jakubowski made the order after Shiflett screamed the judge's first name repeatedly and attempted to enter her chambers as he was being escorted to the courtroom before the trial.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | February 9, 1995
Judge John S. Landbeck Jr., who decided last week not to seek another term in the wake of allegations he made inappropriate remarks and offered unwelcome attention toward women, will serve the final two months of his District Court term outside Harford County.Robert F. Sweeney, chief judge of the District Court of Maryland, said yesterday that he and Judge Landbeck had reached a "mutual agreement" to have Judge Landbeck act as a "floating" or "visiting judge" in other counties and Baltimore City until his term ends April 13.Judge Landbeck said Feb. 1 that he would prefer not to subject himself and his family to public reconfirmation hearings.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Charles County authorities are investigating an incident in which a retired Circuit Court judge ordered that a unruly defendant be given an electric shock during a court proceeding last month. Paul B. DeWolfe Jr., who heads the state Office of the Public Defender, called Friday for the judge to be banned from hearing cases. "What the judge did here was unconscionable," DeWolfe said in a statement. "The infliction of physical pain to silence a person is unacceptable anywhere, but especially when it is done in a court of law at the direction of the very person whose job it is to protect people's rights.
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By Laura Barnhardt | November 27, 2007
An Anne Arundel County judge ruled yesterday that Baltimore County was the best location for a lawsuit filed by the energy company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Sparrows Point to be heard. Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. sided with attorneys for Baltimore County, who asked that the lawsuit to be transferred because it dealt with a county law and a county project. "Where it really turns for me is with the citizens of Sparrows Point. ... Their property interests are going to be affected by this," Harris said, adding that he expected the courtroom in Baltimore County where the case will be heard to be "packed" with Dundalk-area residents concerned about the proposed energy project.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer | April 29, 1993
A story in The Sun yesterday on reaction to a Baltimore County rape sentencing last week incorrectly described a victim in an earlier county rape case as being mentally retarded. In fact, the victim in the 1990 case was classified as mentally incapacitated due to intoxication, a condition similar to that of the victim in last week's case. In the 1990 case, Judge Thomas J. Bollinger sentenced the defendant, who was a stranger to the victim and had a previous criminal record, to 20 years in prison.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2002
Three convicted killers serving lengthy prison terms were indicted yesterday on charges that they killed a fourth prisoner at the Maryland House of Correction Annex this year and wounded another. The three prisoners named in Anne Arundel County grand jury indictments could face the death penalty if convicted, but State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said he has not decided whether to pursue that. The indictments accuse the men of the Jan. 7 fatal stabbing of Lorenzo Hazel, 35, who was serving a life term at the maximum-security prison in Jessup for a murder and armed robbery in Prince George's County.
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November 2, 1993
An Anne Arundel County judge reduced the sentence yesterday for a 26-year-old Severna Park man who was convicted of assault after he led police on a high-speed chase though four counties in July 1992.But Shawn Alfred Chowanetz, of the 1200 block of Purnell Road, will be released from his eight-year prison sentence only if he is able to get into a drug rehabilitation program and to convince a Frederick County Circuit judge to release him, the Anne Arundel judge said.Judge Raymond G. Thieme, Jr., who sentenced Chowanetz March 29, agreed to put him on five years probation if he is admitted to Second Genesis, in Crownsville, and if a Frederick County judge reduces a 12-year sentence he imposed in the same chase.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2000
A Charles County judge has vacated the 1996 death sentence imposed on a Randallstown handyman convicted in the slaying of a 19-year-old student during a burglary of her parents' Baltimore County home. Wallace Dudley Ball, 39, was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Debra Anne Goodwich on Sept. 30, 1994. Goodwich, a Catonsville Community College student, was visiting her family's home in Stevenson when she apparently interrupted a burglary and was shot six times, police said. Ball was sentenced to death by Judge Joseph S. Casula, a Prince George's County judge assigned to hear the case.
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By ANDREA F. SIEGEL AND NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and ANDREA F. SIEGEL AND NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTERS | March 29, 2006
A gay Maryland father who was forced to choose between custody of his son and living with his male partner has won court permission to reunite the household. On Monday, a Montgomery County judge ended the four-year-old cohabitation ban set in place by an Alexandria, Va., court. The 2002 ruling awarded custody to the father, contingent upon his partner moving out. The couple moved to Maryland, which is considered friendlier to same-sex couples. "To me it is just horrible, shocking, that they had to go to these lengths to live together," said Susan Silber, one of the lawyers for Karl Ulf Hedberg, the father.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
A Howard County judge sent Morgan Lane Arnold back to jail from a juvenile facility Monday, ruling that the 16-year-old should be tried as an adult on charges she plotted with her boyfriend to kill her father. Circuit Judge William Tucker told a full courtroom that Arnold, accused of helping plan the May 2013 killing of her father, well-known businessman and blogger Dennis Lane, needs intensive mental health treatment. There's no guarantee she would get it in the five years she might spend in the juvenile system if found guilty, Tucker said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
A judge from Prince George's County has been named the next chief judge of the state's District Court. Judge John P. Morrissey, 49, who has served as an associate judge since 2005, will succeed District Court Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn when Clyburn retires next month. Morrissey, who was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in P.G. County for more than 40 years, will oversee the court's 34 locations and nearly 2,000 employees, including 116 state judges. The court is typically the first point of contact for members of the public who interact with the state courts system.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Maryland's second-highest court upheld Friday a judge's ruling that the Cove Point gas facility can be converted to be used for exports, siding with the company that owns the plant and against an environmental group. The Sierra Club argued in court that a 2005 agreement between the organization and the plant's owner, Dominion, prevents it from being used as a base for sending liquefied natural gas abroad. Dominion disagreed, arguing that while the agreement did not explicitly mention exports, it did not preclude them.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge dismissed a small portion of Maryland's suit against the Atlantic Coast Conference on Friday and put the rest on hold pending the resolution of a case in North Carolina. Both suits are part of a legal tangle that ensued after Maryland - one of the ACC's original members - announced in November 2012 that it was departing for the Big Ten, effective in July 2014. Friday's decision by Judge John Paul Davey was a victory for the ACC, but not a complete one. Davey accepted the ACC's argument that the two cases should not proceed simultaneously because they were too similar to be treated independently.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
A career Anne Arundel prosecutor was chosen Thursday as the county's new state's attorney, making her the first woman to hold the position as the top prosecutor in the county. Anne Colt Leitess, 49, will complete the 18 months remaining in the term of longtime State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee, 69, who retires Tuesday to accept a gubernatorial appointment to the state Parole Commission. The position has an annual salary of $160,730. Leitess, of Crownsville, said she plans to seek election to the post in 2014.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
Con artist Rodney Getlan did not just take people's money - his actions caused them to lose their homes. That he stole the sanctuary of a roof and four walls may have led to Getlan's getting a much longer prison term. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts sentenced Getlan to 35 years in prison this week, a sentence on par with punishment for some violent crimes. "Rodney got what he deserved," said Lauri Hartz, who attended the court proceeding as one of nearly 50 known victims of Getlan's scheme to divert mortgage payments to his own accounts.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2000
A Baltimore lawyer who was a former assistant federal prosecutor and one-time deputy director of the Legal Aid Bureau had his law license suspended yesterday by the Court of Appeals. Michael G. Middleton, in private practice since 1988, received a suspension of at least three years. In a 16-page opinion, the state's top judges said he was incompetent in representing several criminal defendants and he had been found in criminal contempt last November for lying to a Baltimore County judge to win a delay for a trial.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | September 24, 1994
A Baltimore County judge yesterday ordered a former Lutherville securities dealer to serve an 18-month sentence for fraud and the sale of unregistered securities.Lee Paul Der, 53, formerly of the 13900 block of Mantua Mill Road in Glyndon, also was ordered to pay $695,200 in restitution to his investors, plus court costs and the $6,624.27 cost of the investigation by the Maryland attorney general.Circuit Judge J. William Hinkel sentenced Der to 11 years, but suspended all but 18 months and recommended work release, saying he wanted to punish Der while making it possible to repay his victims.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council was within its rights to remove Councilman Daryl D. Jones from his seat when he reported to prison, a judge has ruled, supporting the council's position that members must continuously live in their districts. Circuit Judge Arthur M. Ahalt said in a decision released Wednesday that he agreed Jones has a permanent home in his district, but the County Charter calls for council members to "reside" in the areas they represent. "Mr. Jones removed himself from his district when he reported to prison in South Carolina, thus vacating his office," wrote Ahalt, a retired Prince George's County judge assigned to the case.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
Protesters held signs reading "Leopold must go!" "Spying un-American" and "Resign now" outside Anne Arundel County government headquarters Monday, criticizing an embattled county executive who faces allegations that he used his county police detail to investigate political opponents. About a dozen people attended the protest near the Arundel Center to voice their disdain for County Executive John R. Leopold. He was indicted and charged March 2 with four counts of misconduct in office and one count of misappropriating county funds.
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