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By Laura Vozzella | May 26, 2011
Someone called to testify Wednesday before the grand jury looking into the Ehrlich campaign's deceptive Election Day robocalls tells me Towson attorney Robert B. Green was in the waiting room, offering to consult with any witnesses connected to the campaign. I phoned Green, and his partner, David B. Irwin , took the call. “My firm represents the Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Committee, that's what I can tell you,” said Irwin, a former federal prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense lawyer.
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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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May 31, 2011
Update: Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, longtime aide Greg Massoni and former elections board chief Gene Raynor were called to testify before the grand jury, according to my source. Chris Cavey, former chairman of the Baltimore County GOP,   just confirmed to me that he also testified. Former Ehrlich communications director Paul Schurick and Joe Sliwka, a former campaign aide, were not called to testify. I misunderstood my source and I regret the error. Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and a two top aide s testified last week before the grand jury investigating deceptive Election Day robocalls made on behalf of his re-election campaign, a source close to the matter told me Tuesday.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
An Anne Arundel County judge ruled Wednesday that a deadly road-rage case involving a New Jersey detective can move forward to trial, despite defense allegations that prosecutors withheld information from a grand jury before it handed up an indictment. Joseph Lamont Walker, a detective for the Hudson County, N.J., prosecutor's office, is charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses in the June 8 fatal shooting of Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., a 36-year-old Lansdowne truck driver who grew up in Millersville.
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By Tricia Bishop | May 21, 2012
A Baltimore grand jury indicted a 29-year-old woman Monday on attempted murder and seven other charges in connection with the brutal stabbing of her 8-month-old daughter during a supervised visit at a city social services office in April. Kenisha Thomas, who is being held without bail in the incident, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court Tuesday, but the indictment will move the felony case into circuit court. An arraignment on the new charges is set for July 17. According to police, Thomas smuggled a large kitchen knife into a Baltimore social services office April 24 and repeatedly stabbed the infant, named Pretty Diamond, in the head and neck as office staff fought back, with one man throwing a chair at her. The baby, who previously was removed from Thomas' care, survived.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 26, 2013
A 19-year-old member of the Howard County Grand Jury was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly photographed an undercover police officer testifying during the proceedings, according to a State's Attorney spokesman. Julian Warren Hudson, of the 4900 block of Webbed Foot Way in Ellicott City, was escorted from the grand jury meeting room, located within the Howard County State's Attorney's offices in Ellicott City, and charged with violating the grand jury secrecy law and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2011
The cryptic email went out this week to some of the region's news media — including WMAR-TV and The Baltimore Sun — asking journalists to appear before the city's grand jury, which plans to spend the next few months analyzing the impact of crime coverage on efforts to end violence. It's a sort of term project squeezed in between criminal indictments, and a decades-old tradition for the panel. In addition to evaluating state's evidence, the 23 grand jurors in the city also examine a social issue during their four-month tenure and make recommendations for change.
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October 13, 2011
A man accused of shooting and killing a woman in Long Reach and a man accused in a fatal stabbing in Harper's Choice were indicted Wednesday, Oct. 12 by a Howard County grand jury. Dominique Davon McDonald, 21, of the 9700 block of Clocktower Lane in Columbia, is facing one count each of first-degree murder, using a handgun in a felony violent crime, and possessing a firearm after being convicted of a violent crime. He is accused in the Sept. 12 death of Baltimore-based bail bondswoman Nichole Bernadette McNair in the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2011
The state prosecutor's office began calling witnesses Friday before a grand jury to present evidence in its investigation into Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's alleged misuse of his security detail during last year's campaign. Three police officers assigned to that detail appeared in county Circuit Court in Annapolis to testify before a grand jury after receiving subpoenas, according to the officers' attorneys, who declined to comment further. The officers, dressed in plainclothes, also declined to comment.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Davidsonville in August will not face criminal manslaughter charges, an Anne Arundel County grand jury decided on Friday. Whitney Decesaris, 37, of Calvert County, will instead be cited for four traffic violations in the death of Trish Cunningham, 50, an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Annapolis High School. "I'm very disappointed," said Cunningham's daughter, Morgan, 21. "I just hoped [her death] would mean more than four traffic tickets.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein got to work on his re-election campaign in a low-key way Saturday, knocking on the doors of likely voters in Northwest Baltimore and asking for their support. It was one of the first campaign activities Bernstein has organized this year, and while he confirmed last summer that he intended to run again, he has been reluctant to talk about the political side of his job. On each doorstep he made no big promises about the future but pointed to his record in office.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
A New Jersey police officer accused of the shooting death of another driver in an alleged road-rage incident last summer is trying to get the case dismissed from Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. In a motion filed Tuesday, attorneys for Joseph Lamont Walker dispute the story police and prosecutors gave to the grand jury that indicted the 18-year law enforcement veteran last summer. Walker, a detective with the Hudson County, N.J., prosecutor's office, was indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the June 8 death of Joseph Dale Harvey Jr., a 36-year-old truck driver who grew up in Millersville.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Davidsonville in August will not face criminal manslaughter charges, an Anne Arundel County grand jury decided on Friday. Whitney Decesaris, 37, of Calvert County, will instead be cited for four traffic violations in the death of Trish Cunningham, 50, an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Annapolis High School. "I'm very disappointed," said Cunningham's daughter, Morgan, 21. "I just hoped [her death] would mean more than four traffic tickets.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A 55-year-old Baltimore man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter after his 16-month-old granddaughter was found dead in a hot truck in mid-July, police said. The charges filed in Baltimore against Anthony Jerome Towles come more than three months after the body of Sabriya Towles was discovered in her grandfather's truck in Lansdowne. The medical examiner ruled at the time that her death was accidental and the result of hyperthermia, the medical term for excessively high body temperatures.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 26, 2013
A 19-year-old member of the Howard County Grand Jury was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly photographed an undercover police officer testifying during the proceedings, according to a State's Attorney spokesman. Julian Warren Hudson, of the 4900 block of Webbed Foot Way in Ellicott City, was escorted from the grand jury meeting room, located within the Howard County State's Attorney's offices in Ellicott City, and charged with violating the grand jury secrecy law and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors.
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July 20, 2013
The Sun's recent editorial regarding the acquittal of George Zimmerman ("No justice," July 16) ranks up there with the one years ago where you railed on about the problem with the death penalty without once mentioning a victim or victim's family. Anyone with common sense knows that the state had no case (this is why the district attorney did not indict and why the special prosecutor assigned did not go to the grand jury). The state held back evidence and had the judge on its side.
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By Laura Vozzella and Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
The state prosecutor has empanelled a grand jury to hear testimony about deceptive Election Day robocalls made on behalf of former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. The grand jury will meet this month in Baltimore to hear testimony from at least one person who was subpoenaed Friday but asked not to be identified. It was unclear whether the grand jury has already met. The subpoena and the existence of the grand jury are the first developments to come to light in the case since December, when investigators for the state prosecutor raided the home and office of political operative Julius Henson.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
A grand jury on Thursday indicted the driver state police said was high on drugs when his car sped into downtown, striking and killing a pedestrian before it overturned outside City Hall. Johnny Johnson, 43, faces nine counts, including vehicular homicide and homicide by vehicle while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, in the April 9 death of city finance employee Matthew Hersl. The indictment mirrors many of the charges the Maryland State Police filed on the warrant they used to arrest Johnson on April 15. Test results showed drugs were in Johnson's system at the time of the crash, while investigators found cocaine and heroin in his car, police said.
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