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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2003
A prominent legal clinic for the wrongfully imprisoned is calling for an audit of hundreds of Baltimore County Police Department cases, contending that a former forensic scientist's erroneous testimony during a 1983 rape trial raises doubts about any conviction in which she played a role. Nina Morrison, director of the New-York based Innocence Project, said chemist Concepcion Bacasnot's testimony against Bernard Webster, the Baltimore man recently exonerated by DNA evidence, was "at the very least, suggestive of gross incompetence, and at worst, deliberate fraud."
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BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | May 6, 1994
Joseph Jett, the dismissed Kidder, Peabody & Co. managing director, asserted his innocence in court filings yesterday and demanded that the firm release nearly $5 million frozen in his accounts.Kidder has refused to release the money since accusing Mr. Jett last month of creating $350 million in phantom trades to conceal trading losses and to inflate his 1993 bonus of $9 million."Mr. Jett vehemently denies any wrongdoing," his lawyers said in papers filed with the New York Supreme Court and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
SPORTS
October 10, 1991
This bet stinksNow, for the obligatory story about the obligatory bebetween politicians in cities whose teams are involved in postseason play:Pittsburgh councilmen Bernard "Baldy" Regan and Duane Darkins have wagered a day on a garbage truck that the Pirates will beat the Atlanta Braves in the National League playoffs.If the Braves win, Regan and Darkins will spend a day picking up Atlanta garbage. If the Pirates win, Atlanta Councilman Bill Campbell will do the dirty work in Pittsburgh.Politicians and garbage . . . nah, it's too obvious.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 23, 2000
A Glen Burnie man who murdered his wife and the next day took his lover and 11-year-old son to see the violent film "Pulp Fiction" was sentenced Friday to life in prison. David A. Dicus, 41, gazed at his son Lucas, 15, as he was led in handcuffs from a packed Anne Arundel County circuit courtroom after Judge Ronald A. Silkworth pronounced the sentence. Dicus was convicted in November of strangling his wife, Terry L. Keefer, on July 28, 1995, and dumping her body near Scaggsville. At the trial, his lover testified that Dicus killed his wife because a lawyer had told him he would not win sole custody of their son in the divorce he was contemplating.
NEWS
By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
A former Baltimore County police chemist, whose work is being questioned by a nationally renowned legal clinic, left the department four months after acknowledging she did not understand the science of her forensic tests and that her blood work in a death-penalty case was "worthless," court papers show. Some local defense attorneys and officials with the Innocence Project, the New York-based clinic, say that this 1987 testimony, during a pretrial hearing in Robert Bedford's murder case, raises more warning flags about Concepcion Bacasnot's forensic work, and about how the former chemist may have affected Baltimore County defendants throughout the 1980s.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2002
Using the same DNA evidence that exonerated a man falsely convicted of rape, Baltimore County police arrested a new suspect yesterday in the 20-year-old crime. Darren Lyndell Powell, 36, of the 1000 block of Harlem Ave. was arrested yesterday morning and faces charges of first- and second-degree rape, first-degree assault, first-degree sex offense and first-degree burglary in the 1982 home invasion and rape of a Towson schoolteacher. It is the same crime for which Bernard Webster served 20 years in jail.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | December 3, 1991
My father was shooting pool when the war started. My mother was sitting in an apartment in the Bronx with her mother and her 12-year-old brother, and everybody asked, ''What's Pearl Harbor?''''Sure,'' I say to my mother, making a little joke 50 years after the fact, ''a Pearl Schwartz, you might have known. But who knew a Pearl Harbor?''My mother's memory is jarred. Actually, she says, there was a Pearl Schwartz in her apartment building. But, a Pearl Harbor? No, half a century ago they didn't know such a place existed until the moment that dreadful news came over the radio.
NEWS
By SUMATHI REDDY and SUMATHI REDDY,SUN REPORTER | December 17, 2005
City prosecutors dismissed murder charges yesterday against a man whose 1998 conviction was vacated in October, resulting in the release of a 30-year-old Baltimore man after more than seven years in prison. Rodney Addison was convicted of second-degree murder and possession of a handgun in the 1996 shooting of Lewis Jackson. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison in April 1998. After several unsuccessful appeals, Circuit Judge Edward R.K. Hargadon ordered a new trial for Addison in October, ruling that the state failed to disclose three witness statements that "undermined the confidence of the entire verdict."
NEWS
October 31, 2005
Syria needs to do more than declare its innocence in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. That's a dead end. The findings so far of a special United Nations investigation implicate top Syrian officials in the murders of Mr. Hariri and 22 others in disturbing ways that cannot be dismissed by Syrian President Bashar Assad's repeated protests. The investigation's log of cell phone traffic tracking Mr. Hariri on the day of his death revealed a trail of complicity that led to Syria's Lebanese surrogates.
NEWS
By Andrei Codrescu | June 17, 1997
WELL, I'M A grandfather. What of it?Grandbebe Marcus is three months old and when I hold him I feel ancient, like a tree. I hold his light, light person, weighing about the same as a grocery bag, and feel this awesome shoot of energy. His eyes alight and widen when he sees me and he smiles, and I am filled with his innocence.Almost everything he sees is for the first time; his gaze finds the things of this world one by one and bathes them in a wide surprised wonder. A bird. A fence. The word ''Waffle'' on the side of the Waffle House.
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