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January 4, 2004
On December 31, 2003, SHIRLEYLEASURE (nee Hladik); beloved wife of William E. Leasure; devoted mother of Karen M. Jones and her husband William H., Jeffrey W. Leasure and his wife Sharon; loving grandmother of Kyle, Joshua and Nicholas Leasure. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., 9705 Belair Road, (Perry Hall), on Saturday and Sunday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., where funeral services will be held on Monday, 11 A.M. Interment Parkwood Cemetery.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
A judge ruled Wednesday that the divorce file of Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman must remain open to the public. Judge Diane O. Leasure, a retired Howard County judge, denied a motion by Neuman's attorney, Clara Martone Bereston, to seal the case. The motion was supported by attorney Leslie G. Billman, who represents Neuman's husband, Paul Volkman. Bereston and Billman argued that given Neuman's standing as a public official, details of the divorce might be reported in the media and repeated around town - potentially embarrassing the couple's two school-age children.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure, a former middle school teacher in New Jersey who became one of the most respected arbiters in Maryland, said Tuesday that she plans to retire from the bench when her 15-year term ends in November. Leasure, 58, will become a senior judicial fellow and lecturer at the University of Maryland law school, where she has been an adjunct professor for the past four years. She also hopes for Court of Appeals approval to serve as a recall judge around the state, and to become involved in private mediation and arbitration.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2011
A Howard County judge has ruled that police did not violate the rights of a teenager when they questioned him about the rape of a woman on a field between Wilde Lake middle and high schools, a sexual assault for which he was later convicted. Unless an appeals court overturns the ruling by Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure, the conviction and 12-year prison term for Dedrick Tyrone Wilkerson of Columbia will remain in place. "It's good news for the victim," said Deputy State's Attorney Mary Murphy.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Evening Sun Staff | November 26, 1990
CUMBERLAND -- Bill Leasure watched as a line of more than 40 people began to form outside the back door of the Moose Lodge in Frostburg, waiting for food.These were his friends and neighbors. They asked about his brother's bypass surgery, introduced grandchildren, shared innocuous gossip.But, when the door finally opened, small talk stopped. The people in line crowded forward, cardboard boxes and plastic laundry baskets in hand, anxious to pick up their monthly allotment of food -- more than $40 worth of staples such as cereal and canned goods.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1996
Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure's involvement in planning a fund-raiser for Gov. Parris N. Glendening held just days before she was appointed to the bench last year is drawing sharp criticism from her electoral opponents and a government watchdog group.Leasure -- who was appointed by the governor with Judge Donna Hill Staton on Oct. 24 -- was one of a dozen people who served on a planning committee that organized a $350-a-person golf tournament sponsored by a Howard County law firm for the governor Oct. 16.Her application for a judgeship was before Glendening at the time.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2000
In what state prosecutors described as a major blow, a Howard County circuit judge ruled yesterday that they could not use crucial testimony from Monica Lewinsky, a key witness in their wire-tapping case against Linda R. Tripp. In a decision critical of prosecutors and Lewinsky, Judge Diane O. Leasure agreed with defense lawyers that the former White House intern is "bathed in impermissible taint" and will not allow Lewinsky to testify about the illicitly taped conversation. But Leasure said she will allow Lewinsky to testify about whether she gave Tripp consent to tape her. Though the question of Lewinsky's consent is a key element needed to secure a conviction under the Maryland wire-tapping statute, State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli did not seem optimistic at the ruling.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1995
Diane O. Leasure was sworn in yesterday as the first woman to serve as a judge in Howard County's Circuit Court.Speaking before a crowd of supporters and members of the county's legal community at her swearing-in ceremony, Judge Leasure vowed to be impartial and said she is ready for the challenges ahead."
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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1996
In a sharply worded television ad starting today, the challengers in Howard County's judges race attempt to tie Judge Diane O. Leasure to the sagging fortunes of her one-time benefactor, Gov. Parris N. Glendening.The ad renews last week's charge by the challengers that Leasure gained an unfair advantage over other applicants for Howard's Circuit Court bench by helping plan a fund-raiser for Glendening days before he appointed her and Donna Hill Staton.Both the charge and the ad mark a renewed aggressiveness by the challengers, District Judge Lenore Gelfman and attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, who, like their opponents, promised a kinder general election campaign after March's bitter and expensive primary.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2011
The names of four candidates for a Howard County Circuit Court judgeship, two of them attorneys in the county prosecutor's office and two who hear juvenile and other matters for the court, have been forwarded to Gov. Martin O'Malley by a committee that vets applicants for the bench. Judge Diane O. Leasure, who has been a Circuit Court judge since 1995, is leaving this week, though she is expected to return to hear cases in retirement. The governor must select a judge from the list given to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
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Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
A 44-year-old Ellicott City man who operated what police described as a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation discovered after a sports car crashed into his residence and caught fire will spend six months on home detention. Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure sentenced Richard Marriott on Tuesday to five years in prison, but suspended all but six months, and ordered him to pay a $1,500 fine. Marriott's attorney, Leonard Shapiro, said in court that his client was "certainly not living the lifestyle of a drug dealer.
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July 13, 2011
Lenore R. Gelfman has been named administrative judge for the Howard County Circuit Court, succeeding Diane O. Leasure, who announced her retirement, effective Nov. 4, 2011. "Judge Gelfman has a long and impressive record of service," said Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, who made the appointment. "She is a thoughtful and distinguished jurist, whose leadership skills are exemplary. " Gelfman received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore in 1973 and began her legal career as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore City.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2011
As Howard County's top Circuit Court judge, Diane Leasure has been described by colleagues as a fair-minded, even-keeled arbiter. One veteran defense attorney went so far as to call Leasure an "ideal judge". So it might be difficult to imagine the obstacles she faced when she first sought a nomination in 1995. Leasure had been working as an attorney in Prince George's County, and most on the nominating commission viewed her as an outsider. Jason Shapiro, a defense lawyer and former assistant state's attorney who was a member of the commission, said some thought Leasure was a "carpetbagger of sorts" because of her ties to the county and, indirectly, to its former executive, then-Gov.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure, a former middle school teacher in New Jersey who became one of the most respected arbiters in Maryland, said Tuesday that she plans to retire from the bench when her 15-year term ends in November. Leasure, 58, will become a senior judicial fellow and lecturer at the University of Maryland law school, where she has been an adjunct professor for the past four years. She also hopes for Court of Appeals approval to serve as a recall judge around the state, and to become involved in private mediation and arbitration.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2011
A former Columbia teacher's aide who wrote dozens of love letters to an 8-year-old third-grader at his school but never had any physical sexual contact with her was sentenced to seven years in state prison Friday in a precedent-setting sexual abuse case. Over prosecutor Mary Murphy's objections, Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure allowed Karl Marshall Walker Jr., 39, to remain free on bail pending an appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Louis P. Willemin, the deputy district public defender who represented Walker, said his client is the first person in the state to be convicted of sexual abuse without physical sexual contact.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | August 15, 2009
A 52-year-old Howard County woman, whose mother was sentenced to six months in jail for abusing cats, must serve a day in jail for each of the 74 cats that died. Nese Icgoren, of the 7300 block of Swan Point Way in Columbia, told Howard County Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure on Friday that she couldn't get her 81-year mother, Ayten Icgoren, to properly care for a small family of cats, then failed to do anything after the felines multiplied to well over 100. Neighbors had called authorities, complaining about an odor coming from the townhouse and bugs that infested their homes.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | April 9, 2009
The daughter of an 81-year-old woman imprisoned in a cat abuse case was convicted Wednesday on similar animal cruelty charges by a Howard County judge. Nese Icgoren, 52, of the 7300 block of Swan Court Way in Columbia faced 148 counts in the mistreatment of cats found dead or dying by animal control officers in August 2006. Authorities found more than 50 live cats, only three of which survived. Neighbors had complained to county authorities about the odor coming from the townhouse that Icgoren shared with her mother, Ayten, and said bugs in the residence were infesting adjacent homes.
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