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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.
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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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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.
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April 30, 1995
"There is nobody above the law," according to Judge J. Frederick Motz, chief federal district judge in Maryland. We agree. U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Kenkel doesn't seem to, PTC though. Nor, apparently, do some senior officers of the Maryland State Police.How else to explain the failure to punish, one way or another, Judge Kenkel's unacceptable conduct while driving last January? Letting him get away with failure to stop for a police officer and using a siren while fleeing into a limited-access garage is privileged treatment, pure and simple.
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By CARL T. ROWAN | September 24, 1993
Washington. -- What would I want as the foundation of a truly just society? I would want judges who are not beholden to whatever politicians are in power, and who cannot be intimidated by the political, social, racial or religious passions of the day.I am provoked to say this by the laudable actions of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of John Demjanjuk, who has long been demonized by ''Nazi hunters'' and a few U.S. officials as ''Ivan the...
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By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com | January 31, 2010
Alice "Gail" Clark isn't sure how her life would have turned out had her husband, John, not read up about James Rouse's planned community while attending graduate school at Howard University in the late 1960s. They were living in Washington, where Alice Clark was a schoolteacher. She later would become a school counselor. "I probably would have stayed in D.C. and retired as a school counselor," Clark said last week. In 1970, Clark, her husband and their infant daughter, Elizabeth, moved to Columbia.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | October 27, 1994
Women's groups here and across the county were galvanized last week when a Baltimore County Judge sentenced a Parkton trucker to 18 months on work release for killing his wife after he found her in bed with another man.But lawyers involved in domestic cases and advocates for women's causes say the case is symptomatic of a Baltimore County bench that is overwhelming male, white, middle-aged and often insensitive to women's issues."
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
A Baltimore judge refused Thursday to set a man free before his Jan. 26 attempted-murder trial, despite having thrown out a key - and possibly the only - piece of evidence against him last week because it had been altered by police. "That doesn't change the public safety component," said Circuit Court Judge John P. Miller in explaining his decision to let an $800,000 bail stand, after it was revealed that an officer altered a photo of the defendant to get positive witness identification.
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December 13, 2012
One has to wonder about the mental acuity of a judge having the power of life and death in his hands who bans a "Choose Life" vanity plate because there is no "Choose Death" vanity plate ("Judge: 'Choose Life' license plate unconstitutional," Dec. 12). Just when I am about to cancel my subscription to The Sun for lack of interest, it publishes something that makes me double over in laughter and cry in shame at the same time. God, what have we wrought? Gary Gamber, Reisterstown
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