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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1996
A Howard district judge yesterday dismissed a case against two Dominican nuns who refused to pay court costs for their conviction of trespassing at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.But Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert, peace activists from Baltimore, were arrested hours later in front of the White House during a protest on the plight of Iraqi children since Desert Storm.The pair had thought they would be sent to jail by Howard District Judge James N. Vaughan and brought extra clothes and reading materials.
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October 8, 2014
Where are the cameras? We know bad cops exist. We know their actions have cost this city millions in court costs and degraded the police department's public image. Message received (" Call in the feds ," Oct. 6). Our leaders have abandoned the search for a solution that is already on the table: "CopCams. " The mayor and police chief are "reviewing" the idea, but what's to review? Many of us own smartphones with video. A quick trip to the Internet reveals helmet cameras and a full array of other video tools.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2004
A Howard County Circuit Court judge has ordered the county to pay the Pack Shack, an Ellicott City adult book and video store, $187,690 in court costs after the county lost a legal battle in trying to make the business relocate. Judge James B. Dudley's ruling - which was filed Friday and mailed to lawyers Tuesday - awarded the business, on U.S. 40 near Normandy Woods Way, somewhat less than the $224,837 it had sought. "It clearly vindicates my client's First Amendment rights," lawyer Howard J. Schulman, who represents the store, said yesterday when he learned of the ruling.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
The Maryland attorney general's office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling by the Court of Appeals about the way Maryland handles the taxation of out-of-state income that could cost counties $50 million a year. Maryland provides credits for taxes that are paid to other states but does not extend those credits to the local portion of the state taxes that is used to partly fund counties and Baltimore. Brian and Karen Wynne, a Howard County couple, contested the second part of the law and the state's top court ruled this year that it violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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By NICK SHIELDS and NICK SHIELDS,SUN REPORTER | March 9, 2006
If you've got the information that can crack a case, you might dial 866-7-LOCKUP. That's the number for Metro Crime Stoppers, the nonprofit group that doles out rewards of up to $2,000 to tipsters who help bring criminals in the Baltimore area to justice. But now the organization, like its counterparts across the country, is hoping for a financial boost of its own. A General Assembly bill, scheduled for a hearing today, would add $20 to the court costs assessed to convicted criminals.
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By Robbie Whelan and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 31, 2010
Outraged that the father of a dead Marine was ordered to pay some court costs incurred by a group he had sued for picketing his son's funeral, people from across the country have launched a grass-roots fundraising effort to help the grieving family. "I was appalled," said Sally Giannini, a 72-year-old retired bookkeeper from Spokane, Wash., who had called The Baltimore Sun after seeing an article about the court decision against Albert Snyder. "I believe in free speech, but this goes too far."
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
Stacie L. Price, the former PTA president at Johnnycake Elementary School, was given a suspended three-year prison term Monday after being convicted of stealing more than $9,000 from the organization. Price was also fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs, and must serve three years of unsupervised probation. Prosecutor Michael S. Fuller had asked the judge to send the 39-year-old defendant to jail, saying she had violated a position of trust by writing checks to herself from the PTA's bank account over six months and stopped only "because she got caught.
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June 11, 1993
A Baltimore social worker was given a suspended prison sentence Wednesday for her role in a protest at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia.Maureen Kehoe Ostensen, 33, was given a 90-day prison sentence after being found guilty in Howard District Court of trespassing.Judge James Vaughan suspended the sentence but ordered Ms. Ostensen to complete one year of unsupervised probation and pay court costs of $50.But Ms. Ostensen refused to pay the court costs, so Judge Vaughan ordered her to serve five days in jail.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 31, 1994
Last summer, the corporation that owns Howard Johnson's motels spent seven days arguing in Anne Arundel Circuit Court that the state should pay more than the $700,000 it was offering for an acre the hotel chain owned along Maryland Route 50 outside Annapolis.Northeast Hotels Association presented a dozen exhibits, scores witnesses, took jurors on a bus trip to the hotel site and was awarded $835,000 for its land. The firm paid $100 in court costs, a figure Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth, who presided over the trial, says is "way out of line to what it actually costs to run a courtroom."
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
Baltimore County must pay more than $500,000 in attorney's fees and court costs for a case involving a longtime police detective who won a lawsuit that claimed the county violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg directed the county to pay more than $494,000 in attorney fees and nearly $18,000 in court costs. In 2010, the county lost the case to Detective William Blake, who said the county forced him to undergo unnecessary fitness-for-duty and medical exams a decade after he suffered a seizure, even though he had performed his job without incident since the episode.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2013
"He sends me text messages saying he is going to kill me," Ronnesha Simms wrote in a police document last summer of her ex-boyfriend, William Ranaldo Brown Jr. "I'm afraid for my life. " Little more than a year later, Brown took Simms' life early Tuesday. According to police, he attacked her outside her Annapolis home , first with a folding knife, then a kitchen knife after her screams caught the attention of a neighbor who got the first weapon out of Brown's hands. The violence ended with Brown being shot at least five times by an Annapolis police officer.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
Baltimore County must pay more than $500,000 in attorney's fees and court costs for a case involving a longtime police detective who won a lawsuit that claimed the county violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg directed the county to pay more than $494,000 in attorney fees and nearly $18,000 in court costs. In 2010, the county lost the case to Detective William Blake, who said the county forced him to undergo unnecessary fitness-for-duty and medical exams a decade after he suffered a seizure, even though he had performed his job without incident since the episode.
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By Elizabeth Evans and The York Dispatch (MCT) | December 21, 2011
Michael and Nanette Craver were back in York County Court Wednesday morning, where a judge refused to overturn their convictions and declined to reduce their nearly $100,000 in court costs. A jury previously acquitted the former Carroll Township parents of murder, instead finding them guilty of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of child endangerment and conspiracy to commit all three charges. On Nov. 18, they were sentenced to time served, each having spent 567 days in county prison.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2010
Stacie L. Price, the former PTA president at Johnnycake Elementary School, was given a suspended three-year prison term Monday after being convicted of stealing more than $9,000 from the organization. Price was also fined $500 and ordered to pay court costs, and must serve three years of unsupervised probation. Prosecutor Michael S. Fuller had asked the judge to send the 39-year-old defendant to jail, saying she had violated a position of trust by writing checks to herself from the PTA's bank account over six months and stopped only "because she got caught.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
Convicted child rapist John Joseph Merzbacher has filed an appeal to close a loophole in a recent court ruling that requires him to be given a fresh chance at freedom, despite his four life sentences. On July 30, federal Judge Andre M. Davis ordered that a court must now offer Merzbacher a 10-year plea deal that his attorneys never properly presented before his 1995 trial, violating his constitutional rights. But Davis added one seeming caveat. "Before Merzbacher gains full relief, a judge of the [Baltimore]
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By Robbie Whelan | March 31, 2010
Outraged that the father of a dead Marine was ordered to pay some court costs incurred by a group he had sued for picketing his son's funeral, people from across the country have launched a grass-roots fundraising effort to help the grieving family. "I was appalled," said Sally Giannini, a 72-year-old retired bookkeeper from Spokane, Wash., who had called The Baltimore Sun after seeing an article about the court decision against Albert Snyder. "I believe in free speech, but this goes too far."
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January 22, 1993
A Baltimore peace activist was sentenced to six months in jail for trespassing after she and seven others staged a protest at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in December 1991.Elizabeth McAlister, a former nun, was ordered to serve the sentence over 60 weekends by Howard Circuit Judge James Dudley yesterday.McAlister, a member of the Baltimore Emergency Response Network, was originally sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and pay $50 in court costs after she was convicted in Howard District jTC Court last May.The defendant appealed the conviction to Circuit Court, where she again was found guilty of the charge in October.
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By Robbie Whelan | robbie.whelan@baltsun.com | March 30, 2010
Outraged that the father of a dead U.S. Marine was ordered to pay the court costs incurred by a group that he had sued for picketing his son's funeral, people from across the country have launched a grass roots fundraising effort to help the grieving family. "I was appalled," said Sally Giannini, a 72-year-old retired bookkeeper from Spokane, Wash., who had called The Baltimore Sun after seeing its story about the court decision against Albert Snyder. "I believe in free speech, but this goes too far."
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