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December 8, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. - A federal jury convicted former New York Senate leader Joseph Bruno on two counts of corruption and acquitted him on five others. Bruno, once one of the state's most powerful politicians, was accused of enriching himself in the amount of $3.2 million by using his state influence. The trial exposed Albany's practice of influence-peddling by lawmakers. - Sun news services
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2011
A Baltimore Circuit Court jury on Tuesday awarded $95,000 to a man who had sued city police alleging that his arrest in April 2009 was unwarranted, according to his attorney. Tyron Decarlos Satchell, 18, had sought $1 million in punitive and an additional $4 million in compensatory damages against officers Frederick E. Murray, Christopher Warren and John Potter, all assigned to the Southwest District. According to his lawsuit, the three plainclothes officers confronted Satchell as he sat on the front porch of his home in the 1700 block of Poplar Grove St. The suit says the officers ordered some young men who were there off the porch, demanded their identification cards and "told them to sit on the ground.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2012
Jury deliberations began Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a convicted murderer charged with killing a correctional officer at the now-closed House of Correction. If the Anne Arundel County jury convicts Lee Edward "Shy" Stephens in the July 2006 stabbing of Cpl. David McGuinn, he could become the first person sentenced to death under Maryland's new capital punishment law. The three-week trial featured 10 prisoners testifying as eyewitnesses for both the prosecution and defense, giving jurors a peek into life at a troubled maximum-security prison where investigators found hundreds of homemade weapons in the aftermath of the slaying — but no murder weapon.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2010
The sheet of paper handed to the jury forewoman contained a list of seven items. In the first six, the panel was asked to consider guilt or innocence in matters of murder, assault and use of a handgun. The seventh went to the heart of the case: Is the defendant criminally responsible? As the murder trial of Mary C. Koontz drew closer to the finish line Tuesday, the question of the 60-year-old defendant's sanity occupied almost the entirety of her attorney's 90-minute closing argument.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
A jury on Monday evening said that a national homebuilder owes $5.6 million to an Anne Arundel County condo association because their condominium complex was poorly constructed, according to the association's attorney. Following a five week trial and testimony from more than two dozen residents of the Eden Brook Condominiums in Odenton, a jury determined that Virginia-based NVR Inc., which does business as Ryan Homes, NVHomes and Fox Ridge Homes, should pay homeowners for defective construction and misrepresentations about the quality of the complex's construction, said attorney T. Allen Mott, of the Baltimore law firm Cowie & Mott.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2010
The attorney for an Army non-commissioned officer charged with having sex with one of his female students in a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at a Columbia high school last May filed a motion Friday to reverse a judge's ruling that sealed part of a jury note after a mistrial was declared Thursday night in Howard County Circuit Court. Attorney Thomas Morrow, who had asked Judge Timothy McCrone for the mistrial after a jury of eight women and four men informed McCrone that they were "hopelessly deadlocked" despite deliberating the fate of Sgt. Charles Ray Moore for less than four hours, said McCrone violated procedural rules by sealing part of the note.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
A turbulent spring among a family of immigrants nine years ago led to a plot to slash the throats of three young children, prosecutors said Thursday in closing arguments in the murder trial of Policarpio Espinoza Perez. "There was something terribly wrong in that family dynamic," Assistant State's Attorney Nicole Lomartire said. Prosecutors told a story about the days and hours before the killings, pointing to romantic tensions among members of the large Espinoza Perez family of illegal immigrants from Mexico, but stopped short of spelling out a conclusive motive for the May 2004 killings.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
After deliberating for 15 hours over three days, a Baltimore County jury rejected a 60-year-old woman's insanity defense Thursday and found her guilty of fatally shooting her estranged husband and of trying to kill their teenage daughter. Mary C. Koontz, a former English teacher at Sparrows Point High School, showed no reaction in the courtroom as the jury's forewoman declared her guilty on each of six counts — including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault — and answered "yes" to a final question, which asked whether the defendant was criminally responsible for the crimes.
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By Matt Whittaker and Matt Whittaker,SUN STAFF | July 27, 2004
A Baltimore jury, after saying several times it was deadlocked, found a Milford man guilty yesterday of the 1998 rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman. Presented with DNA evidence obtained more than four years after Jada Danita Lambert of Woodlawn was killed, the jury deliberated about seven hours before convicting Roy Sharonnie Davis III, 50, of the 7500 block of Liberty Road of felony first-degree murder and second-degree rape. Davis, who is serving 10 years for armed robbery, is scheduled to be sentenced for Lambert's murder Sept.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
A Baltimore County jury found a former military corpsman guilty Thursday of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and other charges in connection with the beating death of a man last year in the men's room of a Catonsville bar. Testimony in Benjamin W. Shorter's trial wrapped up Wednesday, after a visit by the jury to Morsberger's Tavern, where Franklin J. Schissler died March 29, 2009, of what an autopsy determined was a heart attack caused...
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