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By Mark Hyman and Sandy Banisky and Mark Hyman and Sandy Banisky,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1996
Bruce Loatman was numbly trying to make funeral arrangements for his son, killed in the Feb. 16 train crash in Silver Spring, when the first lawyer called Keith S. Franz, of Towson, who said he had videotapes of the wreckage."
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August 5, 1998
Editor's note: This week, 2,000 journalism professors and journalists from around the world gather in Baltimore to assess the state of the trade. We thought these guests and our readers might find it amusing to hear what the most famous of Sun reporters, H. L. Mencken, had to say about the state of the trade in his 1927 essay "Journalism in America." 'One of the agreeable spiritual phenomena of the great age in which we live is the soul-searching now going on among American journalists. Fifteen years ago, or even 10 years ago, there was scarcely a sign of it. The working newspaper men of the Republic, of whom I have had the honor to be one since the last century, were then almost as complacent as so many Federal judges, movie magnates, or major-generals in the army.
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April 9, 1996
Ambulance chasers deserve censureYour March 14 editorial, "Maryland Bar's unused disaster plan," showed appropriate empathy for the families and victims of the Silver Spring train disaster who were being bombarded with lawyers' solicitations by telephone or in person.The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, whose members represent consumers and injured persons, is also offended by lawyers who disregard propriety and ethics. Solicitation by phone or in person is a clear violation of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.
NEWS
April 9, 1996
Ambulance chasers deserve censureYour March 14 editorial, "Maryland Bar's unused disaster plan," showed appropriate empathy for the families and victims of the Silver Spring train disaster who were being bombarded with lawyers' solicitations by telephone or in person.The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, whose members represent consumers and injured persons, is also offended by lawyers who disregard propriety and ethics. Solicitation by phone or in person is a clear violation of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.
FEATURES
August 5, 1998
Editor's note: This week, 2,000 journalism professors and journalists from around the world gather in Baltimore to assess the state of the trade. We thought these guests and our readers might find it amusing to hear what the most famous of Sun reporters, H. L. Mencken, had to say about the state of the trade in his 1927 essay "Journalism in America." 'One of the agreeable spiritual phenomena of the great age in which we live is the soul-searching now going on among American journalists. Fifteen years ago, or even 10 years ago, there was scarcely a sign of it. The working newspaper men of the Republic, of whom I have had the honor to be one since the last century, were then almost as complacent as so many Federal judges, movie magnates, or major-generals in the army.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2001
Nearly five years after two judges reported allegations of misconduct against lawyer Mark M. Tomaino to the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission and demanded an investigation, Tomaino has been disbarred. The Maryland Court of Appeals found that Tomaino, 40, who is now a corporate lawyer in Rochester, N.Y., violated the rules of professional conduct for lawyers "by engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation." The case that led to Tomaino's disbarment involved in part his representation in 1990-1991 of GeneSys Data Technologies Inc. in Hunt Valley.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1997
A lawyer for admitted con man and ex-fugitive Salvatore P. Spinnato has accused a prosecutor of "misconduct" for talking to the media and asked the Baltimore County Circuit Court to throw out an indictment accusing Spinnato of kidnapping, assaulting and falsely imprisoning his former wife's boyfriend.Spinnato's lawyer, Salvatore E. Anello III, filed a motion this week asking the court to dismiss the charges because of "prosecutorial misconduct" by Assistant State's Attorney Mickey J. Norman for appearing on a television show publicizing the case, and for comments he made to The Sun in August.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 7, 2001
The state's highest court indefinitely suspended a Dorchester County lawyer from practice yesterday, citing his repeated failure to pursue his clients' legal matters and failure to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation into his conduct. In yesterday's 6-1 ruling, the Court of Appeals said it punished Richard D. Harrington, 55, of Cambridge for "flagrant disregard of and response to communications from [the state Attorney Grievance Commission]" coupled with numerous professional conduct violations.
BUSINESS
By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
As the lawyer population increases in Maryland, so do the number of complaints lodged against lawyers.Last year, disgruntled clients and others filed 2,224 complaints about attorneys. A year ago, the figure was 2,211, and 10 years ago it was 1,397.Those figures closely track the number of lawyers in the state. The figure was 23,224 last year compared with 16,063 a decade ago.The information comes from the annual report of the Attorney Grievance Commission, the state entity that investigates, and, at times, prosecutes lawyers for violating ethical rules.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Andrea F. Siegel and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1997
The Court of Appeals disbarred former Baltimore school board President Meldon S. Hollis Jr. yesterday for misappropriating about $90,000 from a client and lying about what happened to the money.Maryland's highest court took the action after the state Attorney Grievance Commission filed a petition last year to take away Hollis' law license.In a 17-page ruling, the court called the evidence "clear and convincing."No compelling extenuating circumstances were found to exist," the unanimous court held.
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By Mark Hyman and Sandy Banisky and Mark Hyman and Sandy Banisky,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1996
Bruce Loatman was numbly trying to make funeral arrangements for his son, killed in the Feb. 16 train crash in Silver Spring, when the first lawyer called Keith S. Franz, of Towson, who said he had videotapes of the wreckage."
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | July 5, 2011
It feels like only yesterday that I was posting the names of attorneys sanctioned by the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission . But another year has passed! For Naughty Business of the Week , here's the fresh list of those suspended or reprimanded statewide during the fiscal year that ended June 30. ALLEGANY COUNTY BUCKEL, Jason Cord - Reprimand by Consent on September 28, 2010 by the Court of Appeals for defending a proceeding for which there was no basis, failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from Bar Counsel.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2003
A reader wants to know what disciplinary actions salespeople in a subdivision under construction can face if they offer misleading information to customers. Dear reader: Licensed real estate salespeople must adhere to the statutes and regulations governing their professional conduct. A licensed real estate salesperson may be subject to disciplinary action by the Real Estate Commission for making false or misleading statements, particularly if they deliberately mislead you, rather than by making a good-faith error.
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