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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 Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
A Baltimore County man was found guilty on Tuesday of murdering his girlfriend's boss in 2008, according to a statement from the state's attorney's office. A jury convicted Antoine M. Reed Jr., 33, in the death of Milton Barnes, who was shot in the head at an apartment management office at 6307 Monika Place in Woodlawn on June 24, 2008. Barnes, 36, was the manager of the Hunter's Crossing Apartments and had been having difficulties with an employee, who had been dating Reed, the statement said.
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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 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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April 14, 1993
When Rep. Harold Ford, the black Memphis Democrat, was charging that he could not get a fair trial from a federal jury of 11 whites and one black all chosen from outside his city, we said here, "There are studies showing a correlation between the races of jurors and their verdicts, but the trend is away from that. The jury in this case can give Representative Ford a fair trial, we believe."It did. Last Friday he was acquitted of all 18 counts of fraud and conspiracy. The verdict on the jury is clearly "not guilty of racism."
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
After a two-week trial that traced a failing marriage's path from disharmony to a vicious killing, a former community activist in Northeast Baltimore was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his pregnant wife in 2008. The jury also convicted Cleaven L. Williams Jr. of a dangerous-weapon charge in the death of Veronica Williams, with whom he had three children. Their relationship, testimony showed, was fast disintegrating in the weeks before she was attacked.
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By Nick Madigan and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 8, 2010
A Baltimore County jury on Thursday found a 60-year-old woman guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband in Glen Arm. Mary C. Koontz was charged in the June 19, 2009, killing of Ronald G. Koontz and with the attempted murder of her daughter, Kelsey, who was 16 at the time. Koontz offered an insanity defense -- essentially asking the jury to find that she was not responsible because she was mentally ill. The jury rejected that argument. She was also convicted of first-degree attempted murder for firing toward her daughter, now 17, but the girl was uninjured.
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July 16, 2013
Am I to believe that the jury and the judicial system themselves are now under indictment following the verdict in the George Zimmerman case ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15)? A jury has to navigate the difficult waters between what the law and the evidence require for conviction. It would seem logical that the initial perpetrator in this case is obvious. Anyone would be concerned if someone began following them for no justifiable reason. So who was threatening whom?
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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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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
A former Naval Academy football player who is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman is moving toward a court-martial next month, officials said Tuesday. Jason Ehrenberg, a civilian attorney for Midshipman Joshua Tate, said the military judge in the case told prosecutors and defense attorneys this week that he planned to deny motions to dismiss the case. "We're going forward," Ehrenberg said. The judge, Marine Col. Daniel Daugherty, has not yet issued his rulings, and a Naval Academy spokesman said it would be improper to comment on a pending case.
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