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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,sun reporter | September 24, 2005
The trial of an Elkton man accused of starving his brain-damaged wife to death in February will take place on the Eastern Shore after pretrial publicity forced it from Cecil County, an administrative judge had decided. John Joseph Dougherty will now stand trial in Queen Anne's County on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and abuse after his wife, Mary Elizabeth Kilrain, was found dead in the family home. A Cecil judge ruled this week that the case had received too much publicity for Dougherty to receive a fair trial and granted a defense motion for a change of venue.
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February 2, 2010
Jury selection went past the normal workday in the trial of a 20-year-old man charged in the deaths of eight people who had gathered to watch an illegal street race. Authorities say Tavon Taylor and his friend were racing when they came upon a crowd watching another race in rural southern Prince George's County. The other car, driven by Darren Bullock, plowed into the spectators and ended up down an embankment with one of the victims inside. Bullock pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of vehicular manslaughter and faces 15 years in prison.
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September 21, 1994
As expected, Judge Lance Ito has ruled that there is enough evidence against O. J. Simpson to require him to stand trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman. Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week.Actually the process is already under way. About 500 prospective jurors have returned questionnaires asking about their ability to serve on the case at least until February. About 1,000 prospective jurors are expected to be in the pool from which the 12 trial jurors and their alternates will be picked.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,sun reporter | September 24, 2005
The trial of an Elkton man accused of starving his brain-damaged wife to death in February will take place on the Eastern Shore after pretrial publicity forced it from Cecil County, an administrative judge had decided. John Joseph Dougherty will now stand trial in Queen Anne's County on charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and abuse after his wife, Mary Elizabeth Kilrain, was found dead in the family home. A Cecil judge ruled this week that the case had received too much publicity for Dougherty to receive a fair trial and granted a defense motion for a change of venue.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | July 27, 1993
Maryland's attorney general is demanding to see a copy of the movie contract signed by a former Anne Arundel County teacher who has admitted to having sex with students.Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he filed suit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to prevent Ronald Walter Price, who taught at Northeast High School until spring, from profiting from his alleged crimes."We have requested, by phone and by letter, that the contract be examined by us, and we've been refused a chance to see the contract," Mr. Curran said.
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April 22, 1997
An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday postponed the second trial of Scotland Williams, who could face the death penalty in the 1994 slayings of two lawyers in their home near Annapolis.Williams, 34, of Arnold was convicted of killing Jose Trias, 49, and Julie Gilbert, 48, prominent Washington lawyers who were found shot to death in their weekend home overlooking the Severn River in May 1994. Williams won a new trial last year when the Court of Appeals ruled that prejudicial evidence was used against him.Williams was scheduled to be tried May 27 in Howard County, where the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer | September 28, 1993
Potential jurors for the trial of Northeast High School teacher Laurie S. Cook will answer a questionnaire a week before her November trial, in a move designed to speed jury selection.Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner yesterday granted a defense motion seeking the questionnaire.The defense wanted to query 100 potential jurors on issues of pretrial publicity and sexual child abuse to identify those who feel they cannot put aside what they have heard about the case or their feelings about the charges.
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November 14, 1996
CIRCUIT JUDGE Diane O. Leasure may regret her decision to move a high-profile rape case from Howard County to another jurisdiction. The judge, wary of an appeal, granted a motion for change of venue, ruling that pretrial publicity from a story in the Howard County edition of The Sun would prejudice the jury against the defendant.The story, written by Caitlin Francke and published on Monday, previewed the trial of Timothy Bryan Chase, a 28-year-old west Columbia man who has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl outside the Howard County Public Library in Columbia's Town Center.
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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 22, 1992
OAKLAND -- John Frederick Thanos, sporting a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses and with his hair cut in a military-style wiffle, sat in court yesterday with his legs crossed. He looked more like a bemused spectator at a play than a man who could receive the death penalty if convicted of murdering two Middle River teen-agers.Thanos, 42, who at the time of his arrest in September 1990 wore his hair long, with a pony tail dangling behind him, has drastically changed his appearance for his trial here in Garrett County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Mark Bomster and Carol L. Bowers and Mark Bomster,Staff Writers | July 28, 1993
State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said yesterday that she would release a report on the Anne Arundel County school system's handling of the case surrounding former Northeast High School teacher Ronald W. Price by the end of the week.Dr. Grasmick and Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee received draft copies of the report July 19, but have refused to make it public.Yesterday, Dr. Grasmick said the report would be released Thursday or Friday. She said it had been sent to Mr. Weathersbee only to ensure it would not interfere with any investigations.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1998
A Carroll County Circuit Court judge denied a motion yesterday to move the Sept. 21 trial of a 16-year-old Westminster boy who will be tried as an adult on charges of selling heroin to a schoolmate who died of an overdose in January.Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. rejected the arguments of Anton J. S. Keating, a Baltimore attorney representing Kristopher Olenginski, saying common sense dictates that it is incumbent upon the state's attorney's office to prosecute crimes it also tries combat with public messages.
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April 22, 1997
An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday postponed the second trial of Scotland Williams, who could face the death penalty in the 1994 slayings of two lawyers in their home near Annapolis.Williams, 34, of Arnold was convicted of killing Jose Trias, 49, and Julie Gilbert, 48, prominent Washington lawyers who were found shot to death in their weekend home overlooking the Severn River in May 1994. Williams won a new trial last year when the Court of Appeals ruled that prejudicial evidence was used against him.Williams was scheduled to be tried May 27 in Howard County, where the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1996
Three Army trainers facing court-martial charges of sexual misconduct at Aberdeen Proving Ground cannot get fair trials, because of publicity surrounding the cases, defense attorneys argued yesterday while calling for a gag order on senior officials.Attorneys for Capt. Derrick Robertson, Sgt. Delmar G. Simpson and Sgt. Nathanael C. Beach told a judge at arraignment proceedings that publicity has damaged their clients' right to a fair trial.And they criticized a request by Army prosecutors that Lt. Col. Linda Webster, who presided over the arraignments, ban potential jurors from reading, watching or listening to news reports about the cases.
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November 14, 1996
CIRCUIT JUDGE Diane O. Leasure may regret her decision to move a high-profile rape case from Howard County to another jurisdiction. The judge, wary of an appeal, granted a motion for change of venue, ruling that pretrial publicity from a story in the Howard County edition of The Sun would prejudice the jury against the defendant.The story, written by Caitlin Francke and published on Monday, previewed the trial of Timothy Bryan Chase, a 28-year-old west Columbia man who has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl outside the Howard County Public Library in Columbia's Town Center.
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September 21, 1994
As expected, Judge Lance Ito has ruled that there is enough evidence against O. J. Simpson to require him to stand trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman. Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week.Actually the process is already under way. About 500 prospective jurors have returned questionnaires asking about their ability to serve on the case at least until February. About 1,000 prospective jurors are expected to be in the pool from which the 12 trial jurors and their alternates will be picked.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer | September 28, 1993
Potential jurors for the trial of Northeast High School teacher Laurie S. Cook will answer a questionnaire a week before her November trial, in a move designed to speed jury selection.Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Eugene M. Lerner yesterday granted a defense motion seeking the questionnaire.The defense wanted to query 100 potential jurors on issues of pretrial publicity and sexual child abuse to identify those who feel they cannot put aside what they have heard about the case or their feelings about the charges.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1998
A Carroll County Circuit Court judge denied a motion yesterday to move the Sept. 21 trial of a 16-year-old Westminster boy who will be tried as an adult on charges of selling heroin to a schoolmate who died of an overdose in January.Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. rejected the arguments of Anton J. S. Keating, a Baltimore attorney representing Kristopher Olenginski, saying common sense dictates that it is incumbent upon the state's attorney's office to prosecute crimes it also tries combat with public messages.
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By JAMES J. KILPATRICK | August 10, 1991
Washington. - In the early hours of July 4, 1954, police in Bay Village, Ohio, received a call to come at once to the home of Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard. There they found Sheppard's pregnant wife, Marilyn, bludgeoned to death. As the country anticipates the trial of William Kennedy Smith for rape, it may be useful to look back at the trial of Dr. Sam.A jury found him guilty. His appeal eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Tom Clark's opinion, as it may apply to Willie Smith, is in point.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Mark Bomster and Carol L. Bowers and Mark Bomster,Staff Writers | July 28, 1993
State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said yesterday that she would release a report on the Anne Arundel County school system's handling of the case surrounding former Northeast High School teacher Ronald W. Price by the end of the week.Dr. Grasmick and Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank Weathersbee received draft copies of the report July 19, but have refused to make it public.Yesterday, Dr. Grasmick said the report would be released Thursday or Friday. She said it had been sent to Mr. Weathersbee only to ensure it would not interfere with any investigations.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | July 27, 1993
Maryland's attorney general is demanding to see a copy of the movie contract signed by a former Anne Arundel County teacher who has admitted to having sex with students.Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he filed suit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to prevent Ronald Walter Price, who taught at Northeast High School until spring, from profiting from his alleged crimes."We have requested, by phone and by letter, that the contract be examined by us, and we've been refused a chance to see the contract," Mr. Curran said.
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