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By Mike Far and Mike Far,abaugh Staff Writer | January 3, 1993
Emory A. Plitt Jr. will spend a lot of time on the road as the state's newest District Court judge.After being sworn in Feb. 5, the Harford resident will sit three days a week in Bel Air and two days biweekly in Frederick. He will also sit in Baltimore city or county -- an itinerary that makes him somewhat of a designated judge."Judges do get sick and need vacations," he said. "I'm just glad I'll have the opportunity to fill in wherever I am needed most."Mr. Plitt, 49, has almost 22 years in government service and has headed the legal department in Harford County for the past two years.
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By Edward Tabash | August 16, 1993
THE RECENT arrest and notoriety surrounding the alleged "Hollywood Madam" brings to light one of the travesties that still blemishes our criminal-justice system. Whatever one may think of prostitution, an argument can be made that the sale by consenting adults of sex for money, per se, should not be a punishable event in our legal system.Religious-based arguments asserting the immorality of prostitution should be given no legal credence. In a society that separates church and state, no person should lose her or his freedom because of someone else's religious beliefs.
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May 16, 2013
I strongly resent the comments made by Del. Donald H. Dwyer in regard to his arrest for operating a boat while intoxicated ("Dwyer gets 30 days in jail in boating incident," May 15). He sounds like the 5-year-old who gets caught taking a candy bar from a grocery store and uses the excuse that "everybody does it. " He recently made the statement that he made a mistake and that "who out there hasn't made a mistake and who out there hasn't been drinking on a boat out on the bay. " As a boater of many years, I can tell him - not me. As my mother would have said to me, "Just because everybody else jumps off the roof, would you?"
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August 23, 2013
Sometimes I worry about our American value system and how it is expressed in our legal system. Pfc. Bradley Manning has just been sentenced for his role in the release of sensitive security data and we are desperate to apprehend Edward Snowden for similar activity ("Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case," Aug. 22). At the same time, we have never brought President George W Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration to trial for their actions which brought about the Bush War in Iraq.
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April 22, 2014
In regard to the murder of two of Baltimore's young people ( "Motives sought in killings of city teens," April 19), do the motives, probably petty reasons, really matter when we already know most of the underlying causes of most such crimes? These causes have increased dramatically over the past five decades and, in no particular order, include: deterioration and downgrading of our Constitution, loss of core values, diminishment of the English language and failure to adhere to the Ten Commandments and other principles on which America was founded.
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By Wendy Solomon and Wendy Solomon,THE MORNING CALL | August 3, 2003
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Two farmers' wheat crops burn. They say someone else caused the fire and now want compensation for their loss. It should be an open-and-shut case for Philadelphia insurance defense lawyer John Barrett, who has spent his career investigating personal and property injury cases. Go to the scene, interview witnesses, research the deed to the property, make a decision based on case law and jury awards. That was how Barrett practiced law in the United States, where there is a more than 250-year-old legal system.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | December 22, 1991
MOSCOW -- By the time 50 can-do Americans arrived to advise on setting up a federal government and legal system, the federation plan had been replaced by a commonwealth.The Americans pressed on -- after all, the federal system could be adapted to government within the republics instead of among them.But the encounter left some of them staggering over the sheer dimensions of the problems here and the total confusion accompanying every attempt to build new institutions."They are almost overwhelmed by the need for so many laws," said J. Michael McWilliams, a Maryland lawyer and president-elect of the American Bar Association.
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By MIKE ROYKO | September 7, 1994
Now it is time to find those to blame for the incredibly tragic life and death of Robert Sandifer, the Chicago youth who was both a suspected killer and a murder victim at age 11.No problem. There are more than enough targets for blame. By the time you read this, you'll probably have heard them all: his parents, the courts, social service agencies, gangs, politicians, gun laws, drugs, bloody movies and TV, rap music, schools, the economy, slavery and our violent and racist society.Have I missed anyone or anything?
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1999
A longtime fixture in the county's legal arena is heading to the Republic of Georgia to help get the fledgling legal system in the former Soviet state on its feet.District Public Defender Alan R. Friedman is joining the American Bar Association's Eastern European law project as of Oct. 1 for an expected one-year stint, taking his first sabbatical since starting as an assistant public defender in Annapolis two decades ago. His task will be to help Georgians put into practice legal reforms that so far exist almost exclusively on paper in the country that came into its own again only nine years ago. About 95 percent of the trial-level judges have been on the bench less than a year.
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By RAY JENKINS | June 23, 1991
He is only 32, but in a sense Romaulds Vonsovitch embodies the whole complex past, present and future of the Baltic state of Latvia.Mr. Vonsovitch is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Latvia, and in that capacity he is spending several weeks in Baltimore observing the American legal system.When he was first elected as a trial-court judge in the Latvian capital of Riga seven years ago, he was a dutiful member of the Communist Party. That was, after all, the first requirement of election, and in 1984, with Stalin's shadow still looming large over his country, there was no reason to believe that Latvia would be anything other than an unwilling Soviet republic.
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