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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 6, 2010
Surrounded by dozens of judges, fellow lawyers, relatives and admirers in a packed courtroom in Towson, John J. Nagle III was sworn in Tuesday as a Baltimore County Circuit judge. "Above all, I will be fair and just," promised Nagle, whose appointment forced him to end his longtime partnership in a Towson law firm and who several times has been voted one of Maryland's top attorneys by his peers. As he concluded his remarks, Nagle received a standing ovation. Even with three decades of experience litigating all manner of cases and rising to the upper reaches of his profession, Nagle admitted to a mild case of nerves with the approach of his ascension to the bench, and seemed relieved when the long ceremony drew to a close.
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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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NEWS
November 1, 2005
In choosing Samuel A. Alito Jr. to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Bush seems to have appeased those hard-line conservatives within his political base who vigorously protested Harriet Miers, the White House counsel and personal friend who withdrew her nomination for the same seat last week. But the new nomination is generating similar questions of qualifications, competence and ideology, only from the other side. Some Democrats are raising red flags - and even the possibility of a filibuster - because they wonder whether Judge Alito is so far to the right that he's not qualified to sit on the High Court.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Peter Ginsberg, the attorney for ex-Ravens running back Ray Rice, praised former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones, the hearing officer for Rice's appeal of an indefinite NFL suspension. Jones was appointed Thursday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in consultation with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith to hear the appeal of Rice. Rice's two-game suspension was increased to an indefinite ban on Sept. 8 after a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.
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By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
A Baltimore County judge was reassigned Wednesday after he presided over the marriage between a man being prosecuted for domestic violence and the alleged victim - a marriage 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.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2009
A federal judge has sided with ExxonMobil Corp. in a case where 65 Maryland gas station operators recently sought to block the oil company from potentially selling their franchises out from under them. The gas station operators, who lease the stations across Maryland from ExxonMobil, filed a lawsuit in September to block what they believed was an imminent sale of their businesses. The station operators have alleged that Exxon is violating laws that would require the company to give the gas station operators the first right to buy the stations.
SPORTS
February 24, 2011
Alfredo Simon 's appeal to be released from a jail in the Dominican Republic was rejected Thursday, according to Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press. It was the second time that Judge Yakaira Veras in the city of Puerto Plata has denied Simon release in lieu of bail, and the Orioles relief pitcher will remain in preventive detention. Simon is the primary suspect in the New Year's Eve shooting death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte and has been jailed since Jan. 3. The Orioles placed him on the restricted list last week.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2010
A federal court judge on Friday granted Baltimore more time to file a new discrimination complaint against mortgage-lender Wells Fargo Bank, which city leaders had asked for in the hopes that they could instead reach a deal "without the need for further litigation." An earlier lawsuit, alleging that the bank targeted minority borrowers for bad loans, was dismissed in January as too broad and "not plausible." U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz left the door open for the city to file a narrower suit by March 12, however.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Baltimore City Police Sgt. Carlos M. Vila pleaded not guilty to charges that he wiretapped a judge discussing a warrant, in a brief hearing Thursday. In announcing the indictment in August, prosecutors said Vila recorded part of an April telephone conversation with Maryland District Court Judge Joan B. Gordon without her knowledge and played it a month later at the Southeast District Police Station. Another officer "heard the recording and confronted Vila," which led to an investigation, prosecutors said.
NEWS
June 6, 2011
I believe the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals missed a great opportunity that would have ended the NFL strike ("Settle it yourself, judge advises," June 4). Ray Lewis has done his best "Judgment Day" Harold Camping impersonation by predicting violence on game day if this lockout doesn't end while the Steelers' William Gay has taken to Facebook to ask who in their right mind would take a 15 percent pay cut. The NFL product has the luxury of not fearing a recession, foreclosure, pay cuts or furloughs like many of us in the real world.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Walter Evan Black Jr., a retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland who ruled against the city of Baltimore in its efforts to acquire the Colts after the team moved to Indianapolis, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Monday at his Easton home. The former Roland Park-area resident was 88. During a lengthy career, he ruled against Baltimore in 1985 when it attempted to acquire the Colts football franchise by condemnation. In his ruling, he said the city did not have the power to take the franchise because the team had moved on the night of March 29, 1984, before the day the city had filed its suit.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore judge on Monday denied bail for Nicholas Heath, the suspect in this weekend's fatal stabbing of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski. Heath, 32, was charged on Saturday with murder and other offenses in Malenski's death and processed at Central Booking on Sunday, records show. The judge's decision means Heath will be held as the case moves forward. Malenski was attending a show at the club on his night off and stepped in to help a co-worker break up a fight and kick a customer out, according to court documents.
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By Justin George and Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A Baltimore woman received a 40-year prison sentence Monday in the death of her 1-year-old grandson and abuse of her granddaughter after a judge said she rubbed methadone onto the children's gums before she put them to bed and headed off to a party. Towanda Reaves, 51, took responsibility for the boy's death but said she never meant to kill him. "This is not the intentional killing of her grandson, but those who think this was some form of tragic accident misunderstand the case, and misunderstand the jury's analysis of it," said Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy Doory.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A federal judge ruled this week that owners of multiple Harford County properties - where portions of a 21-mile underground gas pipeline are being installed under an eminent domain claim - cannot fully access funds set aside by the gas company as a form of collateral until a final determination is made at trial on compensation. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC was granted access to the properties in June to begin installing a back-up gas line between Owings Mills and Fallston under condition that it file a cash bond payment of $231,675 to the court, according to court records.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure. The state will ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to throw out District Judge Richard D. Bennett's decision this month. Bennett found that the election board's refusal to implement the program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The attorney general's office filed a notice of intent to appeal Monday but did not spell out its objections to the ruling.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County judge ruled Monday that a man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial. Circuit Court Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski called for the additional evaluations of Jeffrey Shiflett last week after his attorneys argued that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings, nor assist his council in his defense. Shiflett was evaluated by an mental health expert Monday morning. Shiflett has previously undergone two evaluations before the trial that allowed the case to proceed but his attorneys said his recent outbursts, sometimes obscene or threatening, show his condition has deteriorated.
EXPLORE
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 Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | March 26, 2010
Two organizations that foster women's legal rights filed a complaint Thursday with a panel that disciplines the judiciary, asking it to investigate a Baltimore County judge who performed a wedding ceremony between a woman and the man accused of beating her, and then acquitted him. The House Of Ruth Maryland and the Women's Law Center of Maryland called the behavior of District Judge G. Darrell Russell Jr. "grossly inappropriate." On March 10, when a 29-year-old Middle River man, Frederick D. Wood, appeared in an Essex courtroom on a charge that he had beaten his fiancee, Russell acquiesced to Wood's lawyer's suggestion that his client leave to obtain a marriage license.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
  Christian Siriano is going from Fashion Week to "Freak Show. " The "Project Runway" vet, who was born and raised in Annapolis and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts, will be using his keen fashion sense to judge a costume design competition tied to FX's horror-drama series "American Horror Story. " Announced today to celebrate the launch of "AHS's" fourth season, "Freak Show," the contest "invited participants with an eye for the unusual to design an original costume inspired by the series," according to a press release.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Baltimore County prosecutors will attempt Friday to resume the murder trial of Jeffrey Shiflett, whose courtroom outbursts caused a judge to call for additional psychiatric evaluations. The Annapolis man is accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death. Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ordered evaluations by mental health professionals after Shiflett's wails, sometimes obscene and threatening, raised concern that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings. A court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday that Shiflett is not competent to stand trial.
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