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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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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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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 | 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 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 | 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 Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | September 16, 1994
After listening to more than two dozen witnesses over nearly three weeks, the jury in Jason Aaron DeLong's first-degree murder trial began deliberating yesterday.The panel of nine women and three men was sent to the jury room with two sharply different pictures of why Mr. DeLong stabbed his mother and her boyfriend last summer.Since the trial began Aug. 23, the Carroll Circuit Court jury has known that Mr. DeLong, 19, of Westminster admitted to the killings of Cathryn Brace Farrar and George William Wahl in that city.
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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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