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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | March 13, 2010
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve the appointment of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's son to become an Anne Arundel County District Court judge, a selection that prompted an outcry when first recommended two years ago. Sen. Andrew Harris, who frequently spars with the Senate president, requested that the vote on Thomas V. Mike Miller III be taken separately from a larger package of executive nominations. Harris, a Republican who is running for Congress, did not vote on the measure, which passed 42-0.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The NFL announced Thursday that former United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by the league to hear and decide the suspension appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. “We are grateful to Judge Jones for taking on this role,” said league commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended the former Ravens running back indefinitely after video came out Sept. 8 of Rice assaulting his then-fiancee. “She will have our full cooperation as she hears and decides this appeal.” Goodell was asked by the players' union to recuse himself from the hearing because he'll likely be a witness in the case.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
Howard Gary Bass, whose career as a Baltimore District Court judge spanned nearly three decades and who was known as something of a judicial free spirit for his application of humor to the law, died Tuesday afternoon at Good Samaritan Hospital after being stricken with a heart attack at his Homeland residence. Judge Bass was 70. On the day of his death, lawyers, judges and colleagues from across the state were preparing to honor him at a retirement dinner that evening at Sammy's Trattoria in downtown Baltimore.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
With the swearing-in last week of U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel, more than half the federal district judges sitting in Maryland now are appointees of President Barack Obama, marking a generational shift that reflects the state's evolving legal culture. Hazel, 39, who was sworn in Tuesday, has been told he's the youngest district judge now sitting. He could be on the bench until 2040. "I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to have received this opportunity at any age," he said in an interview.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
District Judge Robert N. Dugan knows that history is not on his side. Dugan is running for circuit judge in Baltimore County, where a sitting judge hasn't lost since 1938. "I have no illusions, this is an uphill fight," Dugan said. He is one of three judges running for two seats. His opponents, Judge Alexander Wright Jr. and Judge Kathleen Cox, were appointed in recent years by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Wright became the first African-American on the county's 16-member Circuit Court when he was sworn in to a judgeship created by the General Assembly in June 1998.
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By Gail Gibson and Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2003
Prominent Baltimore defense attorney Richard D. Bennett, who has served as Maryland's chief federal prosecutor and headed the state's Republican Party, is scheduled to be sworn in today as the state's newest federal judge. Bennett's appointment is the latest in a series of changes to Maryland's federal bench. Former Baltimore Circuit Judge William D. Quarles was sworn in in March and has begun overseeing criminal and civil cases in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Another judicial vacancy is expected next month, when U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis, 66, retires to senior status after more than 13 years as a federal judge.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Judge William R. "Bucky" Buchanan Sr., who served as a district judge and as a circuit judge for Baltimore County, died Friday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Stoneleigh resident was 86. The son of an automobile salesman and a homemaker, William Raymond Buchanan Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the 3500 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly. After graduating in 1944 from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, Judge Buchanan enlisted in the Army, where he served in Germany as a military policeman.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | March 7, 1995
Although District Judge Donald M. Smith won't retire until May 1, Carroll's legal community already is speculating about who will replace him.The field apparently is as diverse as the county's 100-member bar, and includes lawyers and former prosecutors who tried unsuccessfully to win the seat when it opened in 1991. Joann Ellinghaus-Jones was tapped then by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to replace District Judge Francis M. Arnold. Judge Arnold took the Circuit Court seat vacated by Donald J. Gilmore.
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June 10, 1998
JUDGES ACCUSED of crimes deserve the same treatment as other defendants. When Anne Arundel District Judge Vincent A. Mulieri refused to shelve misdemeanor sex charges against Prince George's Circuit Judge Larnzell Martin Jr., he apparently treated Judge Martin unlike other defendants, including a school principal and a Navy spokesman who had been accused of the same crime for the first time.Assistant State's Attorney Sue-Ellen Hantman, brought in from Howard County as prosecutor to avoid appearances of a conflict, said she had never had a judge reject a request to set aside, or "stet," a case in 18 years.
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August 31, 1997
Quach Tom, 65, a Vietnamese who parachuted into North Vietnam as a commando for the CIA, evaded capture for three months and survived almost 19 years of harsh imprisonment as a spy, died Wednesday at Columbia Northlake Regional Medical Center in Chamblee, Ga. Mr. Quach, who died of lymphoma, according to his lawyer, John C. Mattes, had spent a year in the United States.James Noel Jr., 87, a U.S. District judge whose 1976 ruling allowed a predominantly white school district to be carved from the Houston school system, died Friday.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A tiny water view painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is finally headed back to the city where a judge has ruled that it belongs — 62 years, one month and 24 days after it was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art . During a hearing Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia granted the museum's request to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership claim for the 1879 artwork, "Paysage Bords de...
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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!"
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
Howard Gary Bass, whose career as a Baltimore District Court judge spanned nearly three decades and who was known as something of a judicial free spirit for his application of humor to the law, died Tuesday afternoon at Good Samaritan Hospital after being stricken with a heart attack at his Homeland residence. Judge Bass was 70. On the day of his death, lawyers, judges and colleagues from across the state were preparing to honor him at a retirement dinner that evening at Sammy's Trattoria in downtown Baltimore.
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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.
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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.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Judge William R. "Bucky" Buchanan Sr., who served as a district judge and as a circuit judge for Baltimore County, died Friday of pneumonia at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. The former longtime Stoneleigh resident was 86. The son of an automobile salesman and a homemaker, William Raymond Buchanan Sr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the 3500 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly. After graduating in 1944 from Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, Judge Buchanan enlisted in the Army, where he served in Germany as a military policeman.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1995
Gov. Parris N. Glendening could give Anne Arundel County its first black and first female Circuit Court judges this fall.The Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission included a black district judge and two female lawyers among its six nominees for two Circuit Court vacancies yesterday. Two other nominees are also district judges, but it is unusual for a governor to rob the lower court for Circuit Court appointments."He could write history. If you were the governor and you had a chance to write history in Anne Arundel County, what would you do?"
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By NANCY A. YOUSSEF and NANCY A. YOUSSEF,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
The 11 applicants for the new Howard County District Court judgeship have many similarities - all have been practicing attorneys for at least 12 years, many have worked for the state's attorney's office, nine have applied to become a district judge before, and all recognize that the county's courts are overloaded.They welcome the judgeship designed to deal with that problem, even if they disagree about who should fill it."The backlog [of cases] is incredible," said one appilcant, Pamila Junette Brown, who has been counsel to the state Department of General Services since 1990.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
Ellen Lipton Hollander, a veteran Maryland state court judge, and James K. Bredar, a federal magistrate judge, have been nominated by President Barack Obama for U.S. District Court judgeships, the White House announced Wednesday. Hollander, 60, has been a member of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals since 1994. Before that, she served five years as a Baltimore Circuit Court judge. She would fill the seat that opened up last year when U.S. Judge Andre Davis, a Democratic nominee, moved to the federal appeals court.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | March 17, 2010
A Baltimore County judge was reassigned Wednesday after he officiated a marriage between a man being prosecuted for domestic violence and the alleged victim — an action that led to the man's acquittal. Baltimore County District Judge G. Darrell Russell Jr. took the unusual step last week of allowing the defendant to leave court to obtain a marriage license and married the couple later in his chambers. About 20 minutes later, his new wife invoked marital privilege, so she would not be required to testify against her husband.
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