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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley filled 10 of the open judicial seats in Maryland Thursday, selecting Robert N. McDonald, the chief counsel for opinions and advice in the attorney general's office, for the state's highest court. McDonald, a former federal prosecutor who for about 15 years has written or approved all formal opinions coming out of the attorney general's office and is considered to have broad knowledge of Maryland law, will succeed Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. on the seven-judge Court of Appeals.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera found herself in an interesting position last week as she testified before lawmakers about how Maryland's courts will meet a constitutional mandate that defendants get a lawyer when their bail is first set. As a member of the state's highest court, Barbera wrote a forceful dissent to a decision that could dramatically change the way the state treats defendants before trial. But as the state's top judge, Barbera also faces the administrative task of carrying out that ruling.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
The disagreement between Mary Ellen Barbera and Glenn T. Harrell Jr. made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that didn't stop them from meeting for lunch in Washington after oral arguments in the case. Barbera and Harrell, both judges on Maryland's highest court, were on opposite sides of a hard-fought case over the collection of DNA from suspects arrested for violent crimes. Harrell wrote the majority opinion striking down the practice; Barbera criticized his reasoning in a dissent.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
The disagreement between Mary Ellen Barbera and Glenn T. Harrell Jr. made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that didn't stop them from meeting for lunch in Washington after oral arguments in the case. Barbera and Harrell, both judges on Maryland's highest court, were on opposite sides of a hard-fought case over the collection of DNA from suspects arrested for violent crimes. Harrell wrote the majority opinion striking down the practice; Barbera criticized his reasoning in a dissent.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
In one of the cases kicking off its fall term, Maryland's highest court is being asked whether a judge violated an Orthodox Jew's right to religious freedom by holding a medical malpractice trial without him and his lawyer during a major Jewish holiday. Lawyers for Alexander Neustadter of Silver Spring argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals last week that Montgomery County Circuit Court judges got so wrapped up in the "efficiency of the docket" that rather than delay the trial or suspend it for two days of Shavuot, the court trampled Neustadter's constitutional rights.
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July 3, 2013
After her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor observed that the significance of that decision was not that she "will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases. " And so it is for Mary Ellen Barbera, the one-time Baltimore city school teacher who was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley to Maryland's highest judicial office, chief judge of the Court of Appeals. Not only is Judge Barbera the first women to be named to head the state's judiciary, but with the elevation of Baltimore's Judge Shirley M. Watts from the Court of Special Appeals to the Court of Appeals, women now constitute a majority on the high court.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera found herself in an interesting position last week as she testified before lawmakers about how Maryland's courts will meet a constitutional mandate that defendants get a lawyer when their bail is first set. As a member of the state's highest court, Barbera wrote a forceful dissent to a decision that could dramatically change the way the state treats defendants before trial. But as the state's top judge, Barbera also faces the administrative task of carrying out that ruling.
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August 21, 1999
A lawyer for Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday that the governor cannot appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the fatal shooting by police of a Prince George's County man in June 1993.Artie Elliott was shot after being arrested for drunken driving. Last week, hundreds of protesters marched from Lanham to Annapolis to petition the governor to act.A state prosecutor can investigate malfeasance by public officials, a misdemeanor. The 2-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor charges has passed, Mary Ellen Barbera, the governor's lawyer, said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
A judge from Prince George's County has been named the next chief judge of the state's District Court. Judge John P. Morrissey, 49, who has served as an associate judge since 2005, will succeed District Court Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn when Clyburn retires next month. Morrissey, who was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in P.G. County for more than 40 years, will oversee the court's 34 locations and nearly 2,000 employees, including 116 state judges. The court is typically the first point of contact for members of the public who interact with the state courts system.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Two new circuit administrative judges were appointed to oversee the day-to-day court functions in the city, Baltimore and Harford counties. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox was appointed to the Third Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties, and Baltimore City Circuit Judge W. Michel Pierson was appointed to the Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Baltimore City. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera named the new circuit administrative judges which oversee the administration of the courts, budget and procurement functions, and trial calendars.
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July 3, 2013
After her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor observed that the significance of that decision was not that she "will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases. " And so it is for Mary Ellen Barbera, the one-time Baltimore city school teacher who was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Martin O'Malley to Maryland's highest judicial office, chief judge of the Court of Appeals. Not only is Judge Barbera the first women to be named to head the state's judiciary, but with the elevation of Baltimore's Judge Shirley M. Watts from the Court of Special Appeals to the Court of Appeals, women now constitute a majority on the high court.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley filled 10 of the open judicial seats in Maryland Thursday, selecting Robert N. McDonald, the chief counsel for opinions and advice in the attorney general's office, for the state's highest court. McDonald, a former federal prosecutor who for about 15 years has written or approved all formal opinions coming out of the attorney general's office and is considered to have broad knowledge of Maryland law, will succeed Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. on the seven-judge Court of Appeals.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
In one of the cases kicking off its fall term, Maryland's highest court is being asked whether a judge violated an Orthodox Jew's right to religious freedom by holding a medical malpractice trial without him and his lawyer during a major Jewish holiday. Lawyers for Alexander Neustadter of Silver Spring argued before the Maryland Court of Appeals last week that Montgomery County Circuit Court judges got so wrapped up in the "efficiency of the docket" that rather than delay the trial or suspend it for two days of Shavuot, the court trampled Neustadter's constitutional rights.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
Gov. Parris N. Glendening, given the opportunity to reshape the state's second-highest court with three appointments at once, named his staff legal counsel to one of the vacancies and two Circuit Court judges to the others. The governor appointed Mary Ellen Barbera, his top legal adviser since 1999, to an at-large seat on the Court of Special Appeals. It is the first judicial appointment for the 50-year-old appellate lawyer. Glendening also named Judge Clayton Greene Jr. of Anne Arundel County and Judge J. Frederick Sharer of Allegany County to seats representing their regions.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1995
William O. Carr, the administrative judge for the Circuit Court of Harford County, is among six applicants for a state Court of Special Appeals seat to be vacated by Judge Paul E. Alpert.Judge Carr, 46, was one of the youngest judges appointed to the state Circuit Court bench when he was named to the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Bel Air in 1984, said Michael O'Malley, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis.Judge Alpert has said he will retire this year, Mr. O'Malley said.
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