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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | December 1, 2009
A three-judge panel of Maryland's Court of Special Appeals on Monday tossed out the conviction of a man found guilty of murder last year in Baltimore County Circuit Court and ordered that he be tried again. Thomas B. Harris was accused of fatally stabbing another man, Karim Cross, in the parking lot of the Rush Hour Bar in Randallstown in the early hours of Aug. 13, 2006. A jury convicted Harris of second-degree murder and in May 2008 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In his appeal, Harris, 35, questioned his conviction on various grounds, but the appeals court found cause for reversal in only one of his arguments: that the trial court abused its discretion when it refused to declare a mistrial after it became known that the defense had not been informed of a communication between a juror and the trial judge's secretary.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1994
Timothy Cumberland, who faces a sentence of life in prison without parole for the shotgun killing of a Westminster man last year, has asked for a new trial.Cumberland claims in the new-trial motion that crucial defense evidence was unfairly kept from the Carroll Circuit Court jury that convicted him Feb. 8 of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the Jan. 28, 1993, shotgun death of Gregory Lamont Howard on South Center Street.Michael D. Montemarano said in the motion filed last week that Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s rulings on evidence and instructions to the jury "denied the defendant a fair trial."
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
An Aberdeen man convicted of stabbing a man to death in 1990 has won a new trial after his lawyer argued that prosecutors "deliberately sabotaged" the defense by not notifying him of a witness who would testify.Ronald Lee Huff was to be sentenced Thursday in Harford Circuit Court. Instead, Harford Circuit Judge Stephen M. Waldron granted his request for a new trial. The trial has not been scheduled.The new trial opens the door for the prosecution to try Huff, 38, on all the original charges.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 9, 2004
NEW YORK - A federal judge refused yesterday to grant Martha Stewart a new trial, paving the way for the celebrity homemaker to be sentenced next week for lying about a stock sale. Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, brushed aside claims by Stewart and her former stockbroker that their convictions are tainted by charges that a Secret Service ink expert lied on the witness stand. "Because there is no reasonable likelihood that this perjury could have affected the jury's verdict, and because overwhelming independent evidence supports the verdict, the motions are denied," Cedarbaum wrote.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1995
The assistant state's attorney who prosecuted Nathaniel Hurt says the 62-year-old East Baltimore man does not deserve a new trial in the killing of a young neighbor despite a contention that the jury heard improper statements and testimony.Responding to a motion to grant Hurt a new trial, prosecutor Mark P. Cohen defended a remark he made during closing arguments that defense attorney Stephen L. Miles said could have misled the jury.Hurt was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and use of a handgun in a felony or crime of violence in the Oct. 10, 1994, shooting of 13-year-old Vernon Lee Holmes Jr., who was among a group of boys Hurt said was tormenting him. Hurt testified that he fired four shots from his second-story fire escape in the 800 block of E. North Ave. to scare the youths away.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer Staff Writer Carol L. Bowers contributed to this story | May 15, 1992
BEL AIR -- A court stenographer's error recording a jury verdict has landed Willie "Chico" Williams a new trial.Williams was convicted two years ago of first-degree murder in the slaying of a Washington man. The trial was held in Harford County Circuit Court and a state appeals court's order for a new trial has Joseph Cassilly fuming.Mr. Cassilly, the Harford County state's attorney, says the county courts now may have to spend up to $20,000 to retry Williams. "Something is wrong here," Mr. Cassilly said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
A Harford County man convicted almost three years ago on charges of murder, kidnapping and attempted rape in the 1990 death of a 21-year-old Army clerk is back in Baltimore County court for a new trial.Daniel E. Turner, 35, of Aberdeen was sentenced to life in prison with out parole in June 1991 by Circuit Judge Alfred L. Brennan Sr. after a jury found him guilty in the death of Bonnie Sue Joseph. She had disappeared during an early-morning trip to a convenience store for snacks and other items for her Aberdeen Proving Ground co-workers.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff writer | September 22, 1991
A Baltimore man convicted two years ago for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend at an Edgewood motel will stand trial on the charge again in Harford Circuit Court this week.Ethel "Dino" Watson, a 47-year-old mechanic, was granted a new trial after he appealed his conviction of first-degree murder to the state Court of Appeals.Watson was sentenced to life in prison for the Sept. 23, 1987, beating and strangulation of Jeanette D. Hill, 21, of Washington. Hill was almost six months pregnant at the time of her death.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | October 28, 1994
A week after Maryland's highest court blocked the reinstatement of his first-degree murder conviction, James Howard VanMetre III lost his bid for a new trial in a Pennsylvania rape and kidnapping.By rejecting arguments that VanMetre's lawyer was incompetent and that his 1992 jury trial should have been moved from Gettysburg because of excessive publicity, Adams County Common Pleas Judge John D. Kuhn late Tuesday paved the way for a Nov. 30 sentencing hearing.According to Assistant District Attorney Martha J. Duvall -- who learned of the ruling yesterday -- Judge Kuhn could impose a sentence ranging from about 10 years to more than 80 years for VanMetre's convictions on rape, kidnapping, assault, burglary and deviate sexual contact charges.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | May 25, 2009
A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial filed by convicted child pornographer Christopher Blauvelt, who claimed a juror's ingratiating e-mail to a Baltimore assistant U.S. attorney showed bias. The juror, identified as "GSS" in court papers, is an accountant who oversees the tax return of a legal nonprofit organization, whose treasurer, Michael Leotta, is a federal prosecutor. On the second-to-last day of the trial, he sent the attorney an e-mail in response to an invoice request.
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