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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
Ethan Phillip Weibman who plead guilty last fall to animal abuse in the death of one cat and the beating of another was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in prison. After District Judge Charles A. Chiapparelli's ruling, officers immediately took the 20-year-old, a short-time Baltimore resident originally from a wealthy hamlet in Westchester County, N.Y., into custody, as his mother shrieked in protest. “It's not just a crime, it's a person I'm sentencing,” Chiapparelli said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been assigned an Oct. 7 court date at Towson District Court for his misdemeanor disorderly conduct case, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Shawn Vinson. Smith was charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order of a law enforcement officer on July 12 when he was arrested by police and given a citation following an incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson. According to Maryland criminal law code Section 10-201 governing disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, which includes willfully failing to obey a reasonable and lawful order from a law enforcement officer, those convicted of violating this law are subject to a maximum punishment of 60 days in jail or a fine not exceeding $500, or both penalties.
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By Tricia Bishop | August 17, 2012
A 35-year-old Charles County man was sentenced Friday to six months in federal prison followed by six months home detention for illegally copying DVD movies and selling the bootlegs for 60 cents apiece at a Washington farmer's market, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced. John M. Harris, of Bryans Road, made hundreds of copies of films - including Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Caribbean and Bridesmaids - each weekend and peddled them at the Florida Avenue market last summer and fall, investigators said.
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By Michael Dresser | March 14, 2014
The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would allow a judge to give up to a year's sentence to a driver who negligently kills or seriously injures someone while texting or speaking on a hand-held cellphone. The 111-25 vote on the legislation known as Jake's Law sends the measure to the Senate. The bill was named after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011 caused by a driver police found to have been using a cell phone when he struck Jake's family's car. The driver was acquitted of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter and convicted of traffic charges that led to a $1,000 fine.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
A Baltimore man pleaded guilty to beating a cat with a metal pole and putting it in a trash bin and was sentenced to jail time and probation, the State's Attorney's Office said Friday. Veterinarians at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter treated the cat, which made a full recovery, according to prosecutors. A district court judge sentenced Anthony Brown, 54, to 90 days in prison, half of which will be suspended, and 18 months' probation. Brown is banned from having a pet while on probation and has been ordered to pay BARCS $520.87 for the cost of treating the cat, prosecutors said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
Saying John R. Leopold committed "an arrogant abuse of power" by ordering police and other government workers to perform personal and political chores for him, prosecutors are asking a judge to fine the former Anne Arundel County executive $100,000 and sentence him to five years probation and 500 hours of community service. The recommendation by State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt comes in a document filed Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, where Leopold, 70, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday by Judge Dennis M. Sweeney on two misdemeanor counts of misconduct in office.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2012
A District Court judge on Thursday convicted an Ellicott City man of undertaking major renovations at his mother's Canton rowhouse without permits, but spared him jail time by suspending his 90-day sentence. Martin Pozoulakis, found guilty of two misdemeanor counts, also was fined $1,000. The case was a rare example of the city seeking jail time as punishment for illegal rehab work. In imposing the sentence, Judge Ronald A. Karasic said he was disturbed that Pozoulakis chose to "snub his nose" at city officials who tried to monitor conditions at the house in the 2100 block of Cambridge St. Pozoulakis, 54, waived his right to a trial.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
It was unusual enough when Baltimore housing officials had to get a search warrant to gain entry to a Canton rowhouse where they believed illegal renovations were occurring. But the owner's son had barred inspectors, and neighbors were complaining of work that was noisy, substantial and ongoing. Then inspectors went inside and were shocked to find that the three-story home in the 2100 block of Cambridge Street had been gutted. Not only had the owner's son failed to pull required building permits, the city alleged in a lawsuit, but the work was so shoddy that the house had to be condemned.
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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 Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2011
Sergio Kindle avoided jail time after pleading guilty to drunken-driving charges Tuesday, but the Ravens linebacker still faces an uncertain future on the football field. Judge Neil Edward Axel sentenced the 23-year-old rookie to two years of probation because he thought Kindle had taken "positive steps" in getting treatment for alcohol abuse — including spending five days in a private Owings Mills facility last week. During the hearing, Kindle apologized, saying, "I'm very remorseful for my actions.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Maryland Republicans will consider what insiders are calling "the Don Dwyer Resolution" that encourages elected officials to resign if convicted of a crime that carries jail time. The proposal, which informally references Anne Arundel County Del. Don Dwyer and his 60-day sentence for alcohol-related offenses, is one of four resolutions submitted for the party's rank-and-file to consider as the Maryland GOP convenes in Annapolis for its fall convention this weekend. Earlier drafts of the resolution said the Maryland Republican Party would not support or endorse candidates who had served time in jail, but the revised version under consideration Friday night only applied elected officials incarcerated during their time in office.
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September 27, 2013
After seeing the security tapes of the Navy Yard shooter in the hallways, it's hard to believe the building's surveillance cameras are not monitored in real time. Had this been the case, the shooter could have been stopped long before he killed so many. Many office buildings and high rise condominium buildings do this, so why not the Navy Yard? Some are quick to blame guns, but look at the lack of security at what is supposed to be a very secure place. This outcome could have been much different.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
Two Maryland women attempted to use their dead mothers' identities to cast illegal votes in last year's presidential election, the state prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Officials said a Frederick County woman was indicted for attempting to cast an absentee ballot for her mother, who died two months before Election Day. And a Montgomery County woman allegedly got her deceased mother's voter registration reactivated and cast a provisional ballot under her name, according to the indictment.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
A Baltimore man pleaded guilty to beating a cat with a metal pole and putting it in a trash bin and was sentenced to jail time and probation, the State's Attorney's Office said Friday. Veterinarians at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter treated the cat, which made a full recovery, according to prosecutors. A district court judge sentenced Anthony Brown, 54, to 90 days in prison, half of which will be suspended, and 18 months' probation. Brown is banned from having a pet while on probation and has been ordered to pay BARCS $520.87 for the cost of treating the cat, prosecutors said.
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By Cursha Pierce-Lunderman | May 6, 2013
Have you ever just messed up? I'm not talking about leaving your coffee on the roof of your car. I mean a major, life-altering mistake. Think fiscal cliff-level personal disaster. Now imagine paying for the mistake with jail time - then continuing to pay for the rest of your life by being shut out of every new opportunity to reestablish yourself. That's the life of Marylanders with prior misdemeanor convictions right now, and the General Assembly appears to want them to keep living their nightmares, while taxpayers foot the bill.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
Does John Leopold have Sheila Dixon to blame? He'll have plenty of time — 30 days to be specific — to contemplate such a cosmic question, as the former Anne Arundel County executive serves out the surprise prison sentence he received Thursday for misconduct in office. The not-quite-hanging judge who found him guilty on two counts of misconduct and ordered him locked up was Dennis Sweeney, who in 2009 presided over the trial of another public official gone wrong: former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.
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By Scott Calvert | scott.calvert@baltsun.com | March 25, 2010
A pharmacologist whose fiancee died last fall after injecting phony drugs pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of growing marijuana, which will likely lead to his deportation along with the chance to donate a kidney to his ailing father in Canada. Under a plea deal, Clinton B. McCracken was given a suspended five-year sentence that will spare him further jail time but force him to return to his home country. His lawyer said McCracken hopes the removal happens "as soon as possible" because of his father's medical condition.
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By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com | February 14, 2010
Four days before the birth of the Salisbury girl he would be accused of kidnapping from her bedroom and killing, Thomas J. Leggs Jr. pleaded guilty to his first sex offense. Over the next 11 years, as Sarah Haley Foxwell grew into a bright, lively middle school student, Leggs was charged with five other crimes against girls and young women, including raping a teenager on a Delaware boardwalk and grabbing a 13-year-old the same day his newborn child was brought home from the hospital.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
Saying John R. Leopold committed "an arrogant abuse of power" by ordering police and other government workers to perform personal and political chores for him, prosecutors are asking a judge to fine the former Anne Arundel County executive $100,000 and sentence him to five years probation and 500 hours of community service. The recommendation by State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt comes in a document filed Monday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, where Leopold, 70, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday by Judge Dennis M. Sweeney on two misdemeanor counts of misconduct in office.
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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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