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October 10, 1990
Judge Fred E. Waldrop, who served on the District Court bench in Baltimore County from its establishment in 1971 until his retirement in 1984, died of cancer Monday at his home on Drawbridge Court in Catonsville. He was 63.Services for Judge Waldrop will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke funeral establishment, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.He retired on medical disability after tests showed that damage from an apparent cerebral hemorrhage in 1981, for which he was hospitalized several months, and the pressures of his work could combine to endanger his health.
April 7, 2014
In Maryland, those arrested on the street or after police have obtained a warrant must be given a court hearing within 24 hours of being taken into custody. At that initial hearing they have a chance to learn the charges against them and to request their release pending trial. But some suspects recently have ended up waiting much longer than 24 hours before getting their first day in court, a violation of their civil rights that potentially puts the city in legal jeopardy if they later challenge their detention.
By Ed Brandt and Ed Brandt,Sun Staff Writer | July 27, 1994
Alexandra N. "Sandy" Williams, a Baltimore County assistant state's attorney for 15 years, has been named to the District Court bench by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.Mrs. Williams will succeed John C. Coolahan, who retired from Baltimore County District Court in May to seek the Democratic nomination for county executive in the Sept. 13 primary.Mrs. Williams, 38, a graduate of Denison University in Ohio, earned her law degree from the University of Baltimore Law School. She became an assistant state's attorney in 1979, and was promoted to District Court division chief in 1990.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
Anne Arundel County District Judge Vernon L. "Sonny" Neilson, who served on the bench for 13 years and was known for his straightforward, no-nonsense demeanor in the courtroom, died Monday of cancer at Tate House Hospice in Linthicum. He was 87. "I was a young lawyer when he was on the bench, and I can tell you he was a straight shooter. If you had a weak case, he'd let you know right away," said Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene Jr., who was a District Court judge from 1988 to 1995.
October 18, 1995
Annapolis District Court Judge Martha F. Rasin has been named administrative judge for District 7, which includes the Annapolis and Glen Burnie courts, effective Oct. 30.Robert F. Sweeney, chief judge of the District Court system, announced the appointment yesterday. Judge Rasin succeeds Judge Clayton Greene Jr., who was appointed Thursday to the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.Judge Rasin has been a District Court judge for six years. She was chairman of the District Court Judicial Education Committee and a member of an ad hoc committee to implement changes in Maryland's domestic laws.
By Washington Bureau of The Sun | June 30, 1991
President Bush is likely to choose a nominee to the Supreme Court early this week. Here are names of some of the individuals the president reportedly has reviewed with his advisers (names marked by [*] were "finalists" for the last Supreme Court vacancy a year ago):U.S. Circuit Court judgesFerdinand F. Fernandez, 53, Hispanic-American, from Pomona, ACalif., serving on court in San Francisco; former U.S. DistrictCourt judge and state judge.Emilio M. Garza, 42, Hispanic-American, from San Antonio, Texas, on court in New Orleans; former U.S. District Court judge.
November 14, 1997
A Baltimore District Court judge yesterday ordered the parent company of Parks Sausage to pay $16,250 to the company's former president for consulting services.District Court Judge H. Gary Bass ruled that the payment was required by a consulting agreement between Parks LLC, the parent company, and Reginald Haysbert, the former president.Haysbert and his father, former company Chairman Raymond V. Haysbert, sold the bankrupt company last year to a group led by former football star Franco Harris.
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2002
Pamila Junette Brown was sworn in as Howard County's newest District Court judge yesterday in a ceremony filled with personal tributes to a woman described as a leader who knows how to juggle multiple responsibilities while projecting "unwavering optimism and radiance." Brown, 47, an assistant attorney general who had been on Gov. Parris N. Glendening's short list for previous appointments, is stepping into the judicial slot - and into the former chambers - of District Court Chief Judge James N. Vaughan, whose promotion created a vacancy last fall.
By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | November 16, 1990
City Councilman Timothy D. Murphy, D-6th, chairman of the Taxation and Finance Committee, has applied for a vacancy on the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City.Murphy is among 25 people who are seeking to fill the seat left vacant when Judge Paul A. Smith was appointed to the Baltimore City Circuit Court in October.A lawyer for 13 years and a councilman for eight, Murphy said he long has had an interest in being a District Court judge."There comes a time when you explore new opportunities," said Murphy.
October 25, 1998
MARYLAND voters will be asked Nov. 3 to amend the state constitution to speed the work of local courts. The proposed amendments deserve voter support.Question No. 1 would double the threshold damage level, to $10,000, before an individual can ask for a circuit court jury trial in a civil case instead of going before a district court judge. It now takes a year before a civil jury case comes to trial. This amendment would shorten that time to three months or less.Question No. 2 would permit retired judges in Harford and Montgomery counties to handle estate cases in those counties' Orphans' Courts.
By Susan Reimer and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
What was the hardest lesson you've learned so far? "That kids grow up too fast. " What do you do to relax? "Go to the gym. " Your (other) dream job would be ... "Interior designer or kindergarten teacher. " What's on your playlist? "Citizen Cope, U2 and The Great Gatsby soundtrack. " What is your favorite book? "Anything historical. " What's your favorite vacation destination? "The beach anywhere!"
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Saying that "those who made the laws have an obligation to obey them," a District Court judge in Annapolis sentenced state Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. on Tuesday to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to operating a boat while under the influence. Dwyer, 55, a Republican from Pasadena, immediately filed an appeal. The sentence stems from a powerboat collision last summer on the Magothy River involving Dwyer's boat, the Legislator, and another vessel. Several people were injured in the crash, and toxicology tests showed that Dwyer had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit for being under the influence.
January 12, 2013
  Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brian David Green to the district court for Carroll County. Green has served as attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Carroll County for the past 23 years, according to a press release from the governor's office. An adjunct professor for the Criminal Practice Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Green has also worked for the Shemer Bar Review since 1999, according to the release. He began his legal career as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City from 1987-1990.
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
A Baltimore County judge has agreed to a five-day unpaid suspension, admitting that he was wrong to summarily find 28 people in contempt for courtroom disruptions — including two dozen fined and threatened with jail time after their cellphones sounded in his courtroom. District Judge Norman Stone III also will be on administrative probation for two years. Maryland's top court signed off late Friday on the agreement between Stone, 54, and the Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
The motorist involved in an accident that sent a Baltimore police officer over the side of elevated Interstate 83 has been convicted of three traffic offenses, closing one chapter of a crash that may have ended the officer's career. A District Court judge fined Robert R. Vanderford $260, assessed three points against his license, ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service at a city police station and, upon the insistence of the victim, ordered him to spend two days in jail.
By Jake Schaller | January 30, 2012
I didn't need to go to law school to learn that a person charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty and entitled to the assistance of a lawyer. I knew it in my former life as a sportswriter, and I probably had a grasp of it back in elementary school. Heck, it's America 101. But it wasn't until last fall, during the first semester of my second year at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, that I learned someone accused of a crime in Maryland could spend 30 days in jail before a lawyer advocated for his or her freedom before trial.
By Jeff Zrebiec | December 1, 2004
A Cumberland County (Maine) District Court judge yesterday approved an agreement that will dismiss disorderly conduct charges against Maryland basketball player Nik Caner-Medley if the junior forward meets certain conditions, said assistant district attorney Tracy Bardwell. Caner-Medley, 21, who was arrested on July 23 after an altercation in the bar district of his hometown of Portland, Maine, agreed to pay court costs of $200 and perform two 11-day sessions of community service at a camp for disabled children and adults.
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 5, 2005
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed two new city District Court judges yesterday and one new Charles County District Court judge. He also reappointed Ben C. Clyburn as chief judge of the District Court of Maryland. The new city judges are Joan Bossman Gordon and James L. Mann Jr, both Baltimore residents who have long histories of legal work. Gordon is an administrative law judge for the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley and previously worked as a public defender for Baltimore County.
By Bryan P. Sears, Patuxent Publishing | April 22, 2010
A District Court judge threw out this week the September 2009 disorderly conduct charge against Kelli Oliver, daughter of Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, but she and the councilman's granddaughter will stand trial on other charges stemming from a traffic stop in which the two are accused of arguing with a county police officer. In dismissing the disorderly conduct charge, Judge Dorothy Wilson said that "the elements of disorderly conduct did not exist" at the time Kelli Oliver was arrested.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen, | 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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