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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 Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
A Baltimore jury on Monday afternoon acquitted Keith X. Holly Jr., 23, who was accused of murdering James Ingram, 46, two years ago. Holly had denied committing the crime, and his public defender argued that it was committed by another man, Donte Collins, who has since been killed. The state's case "just doesn't make sense," said Denise Winston, the defender, during closing arguments. Prosecutors relied on the testimony of Renee Barnes, Collins' mother and a longtime friend of Ingram's; Yvette Edwards, a neighbor; and Latia Moses, Collins' girlfriend and the mother of his child.
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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, 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 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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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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