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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
John N. Prevas, the chief judge of the Baltimore Circuit Court, died Monday evening after being taken to Mercy Hospital earlier in the day by an aide, according to Anthony Guglielmi, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. The 63-year-old judge was born in Baltimore, and graduated from City College before earning a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. He was an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore from 1972 to 1986 when he was named to the bench.
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December 6, 2011
Nick Prevas is truly an “artist of all trades.” The 30-year-old Charles Village resident writes and directs films, works on graphic design projects, plays guitar and sings in the band White Lodge. He even handles communications and media for the American Visionary Arts Museum. Originally from Highland, Prevas tells b that there's no place he'd rather be than Baltimore: “There's just an energy to our city like no place else. I lived in L.A. for a few years and couldn't ever get the vibe there like I can in Charm City.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Staff Writer | May 19, 1993
Lawyers for the two correctional officers facing dismissal fo their roles in convicted murderer Dontay Carter's escape through the bathroom window in a judge's chambers challenged the judge yesterday to accept some of the blame."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 28, 2011
Konstantine J. "Gus" Prevas, an attorney who specialized in immigration issues and set policy to integrate the Baltimore City Fire Department, died of heart disease Sunday at his Towson home. He was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised on Patterson Park Avenue, he worked alongside his parents, who were immigrants from a village near Sparta, Greece. They ran a Broadway Market business — a soda fountain in the summer months, a confectionery store with fruits and nuts in the pre-Christmas months, and chocolates and Easter candies in the spring.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2010
Baltimore Judge Martin P. Welch, who's served on the city's circuit court for 18 years, has become the new chief judge, replacing John N. Prevas, who died of a heart attack Monday. The title is bestowed on the most senior judge, who then presides over judicial ceremonies and signs official correspondence, including summonses. It doesn't come with a salary increase — just prestige. Welch, who was named to the post Tuesday, is thought to be the city's second black chief judge, behind Clifton J. Gordy, who briefly held the post in 2006 before retiring.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2002
A Baltimore judge who ordered a police detective to do 25 push-ups in court as punishment this week also had an officer arrested and locked up for three hours last week because he was on vacation on a day the judge wanted him in court. The officer was read his rights and led away from the courtroom in handcuffs. When prosecutors discovered that their office was at fault, not the policeman, he was released. But Circuit Judge John N. Prevas did not apologize to him, instead warning he would lock up any police officers who miss court dates.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2010
From the opening minutes of the sentencing hearing, it was clear that the judge was not well. John N. Prevas leaned so far back in his chair that he disappeared from view of the fixed camera, which picked up only two portraits hanging behind the bench. Only occasionally, when the judge lurched forward, did his crop of white hair and thick glasses jump into view. The judge apologized. He told lawyers at Monday's half-hour hearing that he would sit upright "as soon as my lungs clear, so for the time being, I've been positioning myself most comfortably.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas will no longer jail defendants who come to court without attorneys, halting a potential legal challenge by an attorney who called the practice "plainly unconstitutional."Prevas has decided to stop the practice, Judge Edward J. Angeletti said yesterday. Angeletti has been acting chief judge.Prevas, who spoke openly in an interview with The Sun last week about his reasons for jailing defendants and appeared eager for a legal challenge, said through a secretary he would not comment.
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December 26, 1994
Pauline PrevasCatererPauline Prevas, a homemaker who catered parties for friends and relatives, died Friday of cancer at her home in Hamilton. She was 65.Mrs. Prevas loved to cook and worked part time for the past five years catering weddings, birthday parties and receptions.She also loved music and was a former member of the choirs at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.For the past nine years, she sang in the choir at Trinity Assembly of God.She was born Pauline Panagakos and attended Eastern High School, where she studied music.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
Taking a rare step, the state Commission on Judicial Disabilities has issued a public reprimand to Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas, one of the longest-serving members of the bench. Also yesterday, the commission canceled a public hearing on Prince George's County District Judge Richard A. Palumbo, who retired last week amid controversy about his comments to a domestic violence victim who was later severely burned by a man from whom she had been seeking a protective order. The commission investigated and held a public hearing in June on the Prevas matter.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2010
Betty Piskor, a Canton historian and Polish heritage advocate who belonged to the band of activists who fought a planned Interstate highway through her Southeast Baltimore neighborhood, died Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from surgery. She was 82 years old and had lived on Fait Avenue for nearly six decades. Born Betty Wlodarski in Pittsburgh, she was fifth of eight children and was raised in orphanages and foster homes throughout most of her youth. She moved to Southeast Baltimore when she was 16 to care for the children of her sister Catherine, who found herself stranded here when the sponsor of a marathon dance contest skipped town with prize money she had been promised.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2010
Baltimore Judge Martin P. Welch, who's served on the city's circuit court for 18 years, has become the new chief judge, replacing John N. Prevas, who died of a heart attack Monday. The title is bestowed on the most senior judge, who then presides over judicial ceremonies and signs official correspondence, including summonses. It doesn't come with a salary increase — just prestige. Welch, who was named to the post Tuesday, is thought to be the city's second black chief judge, behind Clifton J. Gordy, who briefly held the post in 2006 before retiring.
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October 28, 2010
John Prevas was a fine judge. He was blessed with a remarkable mind that could parse legal precedent and argument into rational components and, ultimately, use those disparate pieces to produce justice itself. He loved the law as if it were a living, breathing entity — as if it had a soul, when in fact it is people like John who give the law what soul it has. He breathed goodness into the legal profession in a way that few men can or do. But more than that, he was simply a fine man. A citizen of Baltimore, he was puckish in his love of everything from the Orioles to Zappa, and a great defender of discussion and dissent about those issues that matter to the city.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2010
From the opening minutes of the sentencing hearing, it was clear that the judge was not well. John N. Prevas leaned so far back in his chair that he disappeared from view of the fixed camera, which picked up only two portraits hanging behind the bench. Only occasionally, when the judge lurched forward, did his crop of white hair and thick glasses jump into view. The judge apologized. He told lawyers at Monday's half-hour hearing that he would sit upright "as soon as my lungs clear, so for the time being, I've been positioning myself most comfortably.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
Baltimore Circuit Court Chief Judge John N. Prevas sentenced Antoine Epps, 21, on Monday to 50 years in prison for the armed carjacking and severe beating of a 32-year-old man, who was forced into his own trunk, stripped naked and pistol whipped, according to court records. It was one of Prevas' last acts on the bench, occurring hours before a fatal heart attack. The victim was giving Epps and another man a ride when they turned on him, according to the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2010
John N. Prevas, the chief judge of the Baltimore Circuit Court, died Monday evening after being taken to Mercy Hospital earlier in the day by an aide, according to Anthony Guglielmi, chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department. The 63-year-old judge was born in Baltimore, and graduated from City College before earning a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. He was an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore from 1972 to 1986 when he was named to the bench.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1998
Damon Davis nervously walked into Baltimore Circuit Court two weeks ago knowing he faced drug charges that could put him behind bars for 20 years.What he didn't know was that he would go to jail that day for a different reason: He had no attorney.Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas has been jailing defendants such as Damon, 17, for at least two months because they showed up for trials without lawyers -- at least 20 were incarcerated, said an attorney who plans to challenge the practice.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2001
A Baltimore circuit judge has knocked five months off the sentence of a 28-year-old Canadian dentist convicted last year of killing her physician husband. Judge John N. Prevas ruled Tuesday that Alpna Patel deserved credit for 171 days she had served while in some form of custody, a Patel lawyer said yesterday. Prevas based his ruling on a 1999 Maryland law that states that people are entitled to credit for time served if they are under court orders that severely restrict their movements, said Lynn Williamson, one of Patel's lawyers.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 26, 2010
Judge John Prevas loved the music of rockers Steely Dan and sang most Wednesdays at Southeast Baltimore karaoke bars. He was recalled Tuesday as an old-school, tough jurist who knew his law inside and out and could also argue baseball trivia with the best. Judge Prevas, the chief judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, died of a heart attack Monday night at Mercy Medical Center. He was 63. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski called the judge "a friend, an adviser," adding that "Baltimore has lost a truly great man. " Born in Baltimore, he was the son of an attorney, Konstantine "Gus" Prevas, who survives him and lives in Baltimore.
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