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By MATTHEW DOLAN and MATTHEW DOLAN,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
A convicted child molester appearing in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday became the first person in the country to receive a mandatory life prison sentence under a new federal sex offender law, according to federal prosecutors. The sentence points to an aggressive approach adopted by federal law enforcement agents targeting traffickers of underage pornography on the Internet, an effort that is expected to expand internationally. "I believe it sends a clear message to these sexual predators that if they target children, we will target them," said John Fox, acting special agent in charge of the Baltimore office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency involved in child pornography cases because of the transnational nature of the Internet.
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October 22, 2012
The general public has never been especially fond of lawyers or judges. When Gallup polls Americans asking what professions they view favorably and which they view negatively, the lawyers get a thumbs down every time — although, on the bright side, the federal government and the oil industry are rated considerably worse. Nevertheless, as the old saying goes, you can hate lawyers until you need one. That's when they become invaluable in allowing a family to adopt a child or prevent an innocent person from being convicted of a crime or in upholding terms of a business contract.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | August 22, 2003
Federal authorities said yesterday that they have dismantled a tightly run, highly profitable marijuana ring on Baltimore's west side, indicting 32 people and seeking forfeiture of some $52 million that investigators say the group made over the past five years selling top-grade pot. The charges announced by the U.S. attorney for Maryland Thomas M. DiBiagio reach every level of the organization, from its suppliers in New York to its alleged local leader,...
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
Opponents of a farmer's creamery business in northern Baltimore County have the right to pursue their fight against the operation before a circuit judge, the state's second highest court ruled on Wednesday. The Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed a Circuit Court opinion, ruling that the Long Green Valley Association and John and Susan Yoder have legal standing to press their case against the dairy and meat business run by Robert E. Prigel and his family at their 199-acre farm on Long Green Road.
NEWS
December 11, 1996
FireHampstead: Firefighters from Manchester and Lineboro assisted Hampstead at 10: 51 a.m. Monday, responding for a house fire in the first block of Patricks Court in Baltimore County. Units were out five minutes.Pub Date: 12/11/96
NEWS
February 1, 2002
Today's highlights 11 a.m. Senate meets, Senate chamber. 11 a.m. House of Delegates meets, House chamber. 1 p.m. House Appropriations Committee, briefing on effectiveness of early disposition court in Baltimore, Room 130, Lowe House Office Building.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | January 18, 2002
Why not assign Judge O'Malley to criminal court in Baltimore County? You cannot say how much damage Arthur Anderson did to the nation until you know the amount of loans advanced on false information that Enron will never repay. There;s no telling where he's headed next, but the governor confused Maryland's General Assembly with the U.N.'s in his State-of-the-World address. Demolish Pittsburgh!
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | October 17, 1991
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the criminal convictions of Baltimore defense lawyer Neil W. Steinhorn and local pawnbroker Eugene Petasky, saying the trial judge did not err in making several rulings that affected evidence and the jury's verdicts.A three-judge appellate panel ruled, on one key issue, that authorities did not entrap Steinhorn when he laundered money through a Caribbean bank and converted stolen gold to cash through Petasky's Metro Brokers pawn shop on North Eutaw Street for an FBI informant and an undercover agent.
NEWS
February 7, 1993
Budget cuts throughout the federal court system will delay the processing of papers in U.S. District Court, an official said.Joseph A. Haas, clerk of U.S. District Court in Baltimore, said he has been told to reduce his 77-member staff by 15 through attrition. Three are temporary employees, who will be released this year when their contracts expire.Mr. Haas said a smaller work force will cause delays in processing paperwork received by the court each day and to slower responses to phone inquiries.
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By MATTHEW DOLAN | July 8, 2006
A 34-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to more than 5 1/2 years in prison for possession of ammunition as a convicted felon. Andre Mills pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. According to court papers in the case, police officers recovered boxes of assault-rifle ammunition inside Mills' car. They also found an AR-15 assault rifle at his clothing store in the 2400 block of Greenmount Ave., along with a Taurus 9 mm handgun, a Taurus .357 handgun, a loaded, 12-gauge "Maverick" shotgun and a loaded 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun, the court papers said.
NEWS
January 27, 2009
Thousands of Marylanders who are sued over unpaid bills show up in court without a lawyer. Many of them try to negotiate the legal system on their own and end up agreeing to settlements that may not be in their best interest. The system may help resolve small-claims cases faster, but it isn't always fair or just. Officials of the District Court of Maryland have rightly recognized that and are trying to do something about it. The problems surrounding these debt collection cases were documented by a University of Maryland study last fall and a Baltimore Sun investigative series that focused on hospitals' tactics to reclaim unpaid bills, including for treatment of poor people for which they were reimbursed by the state.
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By Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes | November 25, 2008
Baltimore police identified yesterday a pizza deliveryman who was fatally shot Sunday night, one of three unrelated killings in the city. Adama Diara, 22, of the first block of Swan Bridge Court in Baltimore County was found unconscious in his car, which had crashed into a tree in the 2200 block of Tucker Lane in Wakefield in West Baltimore, about 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Diara worked for Royal Pizza in the 1700 block of Woodlawn Drive, police said. Police also reported that Richard A. Green, 39, was the man who was found fatally shot about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of W. North Ave. near Etting Street in West Baltimore.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | October 10, 2008
Experienced Baltimore defense attorneys are increasingly requesting jury trials in minor cases, flooding the city's already overwhelmed courts and frequently securing more lenient plea deals from prosecutors. Between 35 and 65 misdemeanor cases are transferred daily from District Court to Circuit Court at the request of defendants or their attorneys. The requests consume three of the 11 courtrooms reserved for all criminal jury trials in the city, forcing delays - sometimes for months - in more serious cases.
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By BRENT JONES | July 18, 2008
A 29-year-old man who appeared numerous times in the first Stop Snitching video pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, gun possession and other charges, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Sherman Kemp of Baltimore could face life in prison without parole. The video, a rambling, profanity-laced ode to street life, became a local political prop and a national emblem of Baltimore's crime problems. Between March and May of last year, Kemp purchased at least 5 kilograms of cocaine in New York and supplied the drugs to lower-level dealers in Baltimore, federal prosecutors said.
NEWS
July 12, 2008
Three Baltimore-area men have pleaded guilty in separate cases to child pornography charges, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced yesterday. Roy Edward Hoover Jr., 37, of Baltimore was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 10 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography. According to his guilty plea, Hoover sexually assaulted a girl in his care for nearly three years, beginning in September 2004, when she was 14. Hoover took digital photographs of the assaults and downloaded them to his computer, according to Rosenstein's office.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2008
Larsen leaving as PSC chief Steven B. Larsen, who took over the Maryland Public Service Commission with a mandate to lower utility bills, is leaving the panel before finishing a yearlong quest to reregulate the industry. He will be replaced by Douglas R.M. Nazarian, a former litigator who joined the PSC as a general counsel last June. Nazarian said he would continue the strategy set by his predecessor. Wal-Mart to pay settlement Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $250,000 to a pharmacy technician who suffered a disability resulting from a gunshot wound and was subsequently fired from one of the company's Harford County stores, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced.
NEWS
November 2, 1995
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sued the former operator of a Baltimore food market, claiming he "unjustly enriched" himself in a food-stamp fraud scheme that netted him more than $400,000.Travis Parnell Wallace ran the Travis and Sons Food Market until August 1994.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, seeks to recover all or part of the money as well as an injunction to prohibit Mr. Wallace from participating in the program.
NEWS
October 21, 2006
A 44-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Baltimore to more than eight years in prison for the armed robbery of a Baltimore County bank in January. U.S District Judge Catherine C. Blake also ordered Kevin Foster to pay $7,972 in restitution. According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea, Foster robbed the M&T Bank in the 800 block of Elk Ridge Landing Road in Elkridge on Jan. 3. Matthew Dolan
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | May 8, 2008
Two women and one man connected to the religious group 1 Mind Ministries in Baltimore have been arrested in New York City on a warrant charging them with failing to appear in court in Baltimore, according to court records and authorities. Sterling Clifford, a Baltimore police spokesman, would not comment on whether the arrests are connected to a homicide investigation into the remains of an infant found in South Philadelphia. Police are trying to determine whether the remains are those of Javon Thompson, an infant who lived with his mother and other members of the 1 Mind Ministries when it was in Baltimore.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
Baltimore : Northeast Man, 26, charged in two street attacks A 26-year-old man has been charged with attacking and robbing a man and a woman seven days apart in the same block of The Alameda in Northeast Baltimore in January and February, city police and prosecutors said. Ronald Calhoun of the 1300 block of Silver Thorne Road was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail, authorities said yesterday. The first attack, on Holton F. Brown, 66, an editorial assistant at The Sun, occurred about 4:50 a.m. Jan. 29 in the 5600 block of The Alameda.
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