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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1998
"Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court," by Edward Lazarus. Random House-Times Books. 518 pages. $27.50.Edward Lazarus has written a long, sometimes lively, sometimes tedious book based primarily upon a single, utterly preposterous premise: Faced with heavy legal controversy, no justice of the modern Supreme Court could or can be counted upon to act out of principle or high-minded motive.To believe that, one has to assume a venality in the temple of justice so complete that redemption would be impossible.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Victoria F. "Vickie" Gelfman, a prosecutor in the Howard County state's attorney's office whose blog posts about her struggle with acute myeloid leukemia served as an inspiration to others, died Friday of the disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 31. "Vickie was such a shining star. She was very gifted, talented and had a warm spirit," said Howard County District Judge Pamila J. Brown. "She had a wonderful spirit and a pleasant demeanor. And as a prosecutor, she represented the state so well.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2001
Russell E. Christensen, who began his working life as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in South Dakota and ended it as a law clerk to one of Maryland's most distinguished judges, died of lung cancer Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 73. The native of Wynot, Neb., had a varied career. He also had been a World War II Navy seaman, a real estate manager for Phillips Petroleum Co. and an assistant to historic preservationists in Annapolis. His wife, the former Nona Kastl, said the couple's 51-year marriage began with an introduction worthy of a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn screwball comedy: In a freshman English class at a small Lutheran college in 1946, she hauled off and slugged him in the jaw. "I had very long hair and it always fell over the back of my seat," Mrs. Christensen explained, "and the boys in the class were always trying to tie an eraser or a pencil in my hair."
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger filed this week to run for reelection as the county's top prosecutor in 2014. Shellenberger, 54, a Democrat, was elected in 2006, following longtime county State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor, a Republican. He won a contested re-election in 2010. This past year, he was among the most vocal advocates in an unsuccessful effort to fight repeal of the state's death penalty. Shellenberger was hired in the county in 1982, serving as a law clerk and prosecutor before joining the law firm of Peter G. Angelos for 13 years.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | November 27, 1997
A Carroll County judge issued a stern order yesterday to an Ellicott City man to whom he had just given a suspended jailsentence for violating a court-imposed protective order.While agreeing to two years of probation for Stephen W. Nefferdorf, 44, of the 11800 block of Triadelphia Road, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. ordered Nefferdorf to have no contact with his estranged wife.Burns also warned Nefferdorf not to make calls to the judge's law clerk or secretary.On Nov. 4, a jury acquitted Nefferdorf of assaulting his wife, Judith, at her Marriottsville farm, but found him guilty of violating a temporary order to stay off her property.
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September 28, 2011
Kara Marie Kiminsky and David Stephen Lynch were married June 26 at Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace. Rabbi Kenneth Block performed the ceremony. The bride, 28, works in Annapolis as an assistant reporter to the Maryland Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which assists the Court of Appeals in the exercise of its rulemaking power. She was a law clerk to Judge Alexander J. Wright Jr., of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and to Judge Angela M. Eaves, of the Harford County Circuit Court.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN REPORTER | September 17, 2006
In the news Represented Mount Vernon-area residents who challenged the Archdiocese of Baltimore's demolition of the Rochambeau, a 100-year-old apartment building at North Charles and West Franklin streets in Baltimore. Occupation Lawyer with Liebmann and Shively. Also executive director of the Calvert Institute for Policy Research. Author of eight nonfiction books, most recently The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait of Five Legal Scholars. Career highlights Came to Baltimore in 1963 as law clerk to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | September 14, 1994
A Congressional aide, a telephone company engineer and a law clerk, all Republicans, will compete with a stock broker -- the lone incumbent -- the owner of a small business and a business educator, all Democrats, for three House of Delegates seats from Carroll County.And a teacher easily won the chance to face incumbent Republican Larry E. Haines, a real estate broker, to represent Carroll residents in the state Senate District 5, which covers most of the county.Republican voters, with eight candidates for the three available seats, chose Nancy R. Stocksdale, an assistant to Sixth District Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; W. David Blair, an engineer with Bell Atlantic Network Services; and Joseph M. Getty, a law clerk with a Westminster firm.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2002
Jennifer Kachura, an attorney and law clerk to a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge, died Thursday of a pulmonary embolism while recuperating from back surgery at her Owings Mills home. She was 28. A Baltimore native, Jennifer Anne Gandel was born weighing just 2 pounds and 10 ounces, and was in neonatal intensive care for nearly three months. "She was a miracle baby," said her mother, Barbara Gandel of Owings Mills. "She was warm, generous, bright and enthusiastic about life. Her greatest desire was to have a child of her own."
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October 27, 2011
Joseph Maher has joined the family law firm of Weinberg and Schwartz LLC, in Columbia, as an associate. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a 2005 graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. Maher previously served as the law clerk for the Hon. Louis A. Baker for the Circuit Court for Howard County. Thiagarajan and Kamala Sethurama , of Ellicott City, have purchased the Fresh Healthy Vending franchise and are in the process of selecting locations where each machine will be placed.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Roland Walker, a colorful and highly regarded defense attorney who was a fixture in Baltimore courtrooms for six decades, died Saturday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at his Lutherville home. He was 82. "Roland was always a person's lawyer. He represented people, not organizations or institutions, and he did it brilliantly," said Joseph F. Murphy Jr., former chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. "He did mainly criminal defense work and always had a wonderful way with people, judges and jurors.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
A Baltimore circuit judge has been nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. George Levi Russell III, who has presided over 2,700 cases since 2007 on the Circuit Court, would fill a vacancy created with the retirement in 2008 of Judge Peter Messitte. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve Russell's nomination, which will now move to the Senate floor for a yet-to-be scheduled vote. "He has already had a hearing, and this is the second step," said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "This means Russell is well qualified for the position.
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October 27, 2011
Joseph Maher has joined the family law firm of Weinberg and Schwartz LLC, in Columbia, as an associate. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a 2005 graduate of Kalamazoo College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. Maher previously served as the law clerk for the Hon. Louis A. Baker for the Circuit Court for Howard County. Thiagarajan and Kamala Sethurama , of Ellicott City, have purchased the Fresh Healthy Vending franchise and are in the process of selecting locations where each machine will be placed.
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September 28, 2011
Kara Marie Kiminsky and David Stephen Lynch were married June 26 at Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace. Rabbi Kenneth Block performed the ceremony. The bride, 28, works in Annapolis as an assistant reporter to the Maryland Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, which assists the Court of Appeals in the exercise of its rulemaking power. She was a law clerk to Judge Alexander J. Wright Jr., of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and to Judge Angela M. Eaves, of the Harford County Circuit Court.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2010
Preston Abercrombie Pairo Jr., a flamboyantly colorful Howard County criminal defense attorney who embraced the music of both Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra with equal fervor, died Oct. 10 of cardiovascular disease at his Ellicott City home. He was 83. "Pres was a lovely human being and a kind man. He epitomized the best of what you wanted a lawyer to be and always tried to do the right thing," said Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore R. Gelfman, a friend and colleague for more than 20 years.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2010
Mrs. Jessamy's at a vigil for a slain church worker. Mrs. Jessamy is "excited to thank citizens for their help and support in anti-crime efforts. " Look for Mrs. Jessamy on Fox 45 news talking about witness intimidation. The office of the city's top prosecutor launched a Facebook page this week, and she's everywhere — testifying in Annapolis (four photos), at a Victims' Fund Run (23 photos) and in the community with the police commissioner (15 photos). On the social networking site, she shed her full name, Patricia C. Jessamy, in favor of Mrs. Jessamy, and the goal is to promote her office and get out the news that the city's traditional media don't print or broadcast.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger filed this week to run for reelection as the county's top prosecutor in 2014. Shellenberger, 54, a Democrat, was elected in 2006, following longtime county State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor, a Republican. He won a contested re-election in 2010. This past year, he was among the most vocal advocates in an unsuccessful effort to fight repeal of the state's death penalty. Shellenberger was hired in the county in 1982, serving as a law clerk and prosecutor before joining the law firm of Peter G. Angelos for 13 years.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
A Baltimore circuit judge has been nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. George Levi Russell III, who has presided over 2,700 cases since 2007 on the Circuit Court, would fill a vacancy created with the retirement in 2008 of Judge Peter Messitte. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve Russell's nomination, which will now move to the Senate floor for a yet-to-be scheduled vote. "He has already had a hearing, and this is the second step," said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "This means Russell is well qualified for the position.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN REPORTER | September 17, 2006
In the news Represented Mount Vernon-area residents who challenged the Archdiocese of Baltimore's demolition of the Rochambeau, a 100-year-old apartment building at North Charles and West Franklin streets in Baltimore. Occupation Lawyer with Liebmann and Shively. Also executive director of the Calvert Institute for Policy Research. Author of eight nonfiction books, most recently The Common Law Tradition: A Collective Portrait of Five Legal Scholars. Career highlights Came to Baltimore in 1963 as law clerk to Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune.
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