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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
The second trial for a Baltimore City police officer accused of illegally taping a conversation with a judge has been postponed until August. Prosecutors say Sgt. Carlos M. Vila, 46, violated Maryland's wiretap laws when he recorded a conversation between himself and District Court Judge Joan B. Gordon as they sparred over the urgency of a warrant application in a shooting investigation. But Vila's attorney, Catherine Flynn, argued that he only intended to record himself and captured the judge's voice by accident.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
As three generations of his family watched, a man once described by police as an "engine for violent crime" won praise for his parenting from a Baltimore judge even as she sentenced him for his part in a shooting that left one of his friends dead. Judge Wanda K. Heard invited Stanley Brunson, 36, to tell his 16-year-old son to stay away from the life of the streets that had landed him before her Tuesday. Brunson turned and mumbled a warning to the teenager. "That's your father talking to you," Heard said.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
A Baltimore judge threw out the murder conviction of a man who was to be sentenced Wednesday in the killing of 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes, saying prosecutors withheld information about a key witness from defense attorneys. The second-degree murder conviction of Michael Maurice Johnson, 29, last month had appeared to close the case of the North Carolina girl who disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore in 2010. But Circuit Judge Alfred Nance's ruling will give Johnson another chance to plead his innocence.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge has denied a new trial for Thomas Lee Meighan Jr., the man convicted of hitting and killing a Johns Hopkins University student in 2009, according to online records. Meighan, 42, pleaded guilty to hitting 20-year-old Miriam Frankl of Wilmette, Ill., as she crossed St. Paul Street. He later requested a new trial on the grounds that he did not know about some evidence that he said suggested she was at fault in the incident. It was not immediately clear why the judge, Michael W. Reed, denied the motion and neither Meighan's attorney or prosecutors could not be reached for comment.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Attorneys for the man convicted of killing 16-year-old Phylicia Barnes have asked a judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors made improper statements to the jury and withheld information. Michael Maurice Johnson was convicted this month of second-degree murder in the death of Barnes, a North Carolina high school student, who was visiting relatives in Baltimore when she disappeared in December 2010. Most of the arguments made by Johnson's attorneys center on a crucial witness named James McCray, who testified that Johnson contacted him for help in disposing of Barnes' body.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney has denied former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's request for a new trial, saying the appeal was "without merit. " Leopold, 70, was convicted last month of misconduct in office. Sweeney, who presided over the trial, said Leopold broke the law when he ordered his taxpayer-funded police security detail to put up campaign signs, collect contributions and compile dossiers on perceived adversaries during his 2010 re-election campaign, and when he required county workers to drain the urinary catheter bag he used after back surgery.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted last year of drunkenly beating to death his girlfriend Yeardley Love, has asked the Virginia Court of Appeals to review his case. Huguely's attorneys argued in a petition filed Tuesday that the court violated Huguely's constitutional rights. Love, the victim, was from Cockeysville. "The circuit court's response to the intense media interest was to rush through the trial, rather than to ensure that the accused received a fair trial," Craig S. Cooley and Paul D. Clement, the attorneys, wrote in the petition.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Thomas Lee Meighan Jr., convicted last year of hitting and killing a Johns Hopkins University student with his car, asked a Baltimore circuit judge Thursday to let him take back his guilty plea and go to trial, arguing that he did not know about some evidence in the case. He said a forensic reconstruction of the 2009 accident shows that 20-year-old Miriam Frankl of Wilmette, Ill., was responsible for her own death, and that Julie Shapiro, his public defender, did not fully discuss with him the conclusions of the report.
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By Peter Hermann | February 24, 2012
The Baltimore police crime lab technician put on white latex gloves and carefully opened a yellow envelope, letting a box-cutter fall into his hand. Testifying at a murder trial Friday, he held up it up and paraded it in front of the jury. “You can see there's still some blood on the blade,” the technician, Franklin Saunders, said as he walked jurors through a gruesome crime scene, showing them evidence and photographs of a bloody room and a body of a teenager crumpled in the fetal position in his bedroom closet.
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