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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
Political consultant Julius Henson plans to suggest in court this week that he is being prosecuted by the state's Democratic establishment only because he dared to work for Republicans, his attorney said Monday. Henson is accused of election fraud stemming from a 2010 Election Day "robocall" that prosecutors say was intended to trick black voters into staying home. But Henson's attorney contended Monday that prosecutors would not have brought the case had his client continued to work for Democrats, as he had in previous campaigns.
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April 13, 2012
I am writing to commend Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein and his staff for their outstanding work on the Phoenix dog burning case ("Twins acquitted in dog-burning case," April 12). Although The Snyder Foundation for Animals is an organization which advocates for the welfare of animals, we have never viewed this case as strictly an animal abuse issue. As so much contemporary research has conclusively demonstrated, the uncomfortable reality is that serious abuse of animals often escalates to later violence against people.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
Why did a detective continue to interrogate a woman after she invoked her right to have a lawyer present? It's a question that Carroll County law enforcement has been grappling with since last fall -- and one that last week sank a prosecution in the case of a Baltimore City teenager who died at Bowling Brook Academy in 2007. In internal memos circulated last fall, officials in the state's attorney's and sheriff's offices discussed detective Douglas Epperson's descriptions of the questioning in the murder case of Jeremiah P. DeMario, who was killed in 2010.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
A police surveillance video that was key evidence in the 2011 mistrial of Travers and Tremayne Johnson, accused of setting a pit bull on fire, will be presented to jurors in the brothers' retrial, a judge ruled Monday. Defense attorneys had sought to have the tape thrown out. An expert witness brought in by prosecutors said the video is of higher quality than many other surveillance tapes used in court, with twice as many frames per second as similar tapes. Distortions in the video that defense lawyers attacked are common and can be the result of many factors, Douglas Lacey, a forensic video analyst, said in court.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
The victim was escorted into the Baltimore courtroom by guards. The four-time convicted drug dealer, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit as well as wrist and ankle shackles, said he didn't see who shot him in the back, but he told jurors that "word on the street" pinned it on "Dre" and "K-Rock. " Prosecutors had no other eyewitnesses, no gun, no bullet casings. One other issue complicated the case: The police detective originally assigned as the lead investigator also arrived at the courthouse in handcuffs — charged last summer with trafficking heroin — though he was never called to testify.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
The conviction of a former Baltimore County man in a deadly hotel bombing in Indonesia is seen as a turning point in the long-delayed prosecution of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Majid Shoukat Khan, who on Wednesday admitted to conspiring with Osama bin Laden and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in plots in Indonesia, Pakistan and the United States, is the first of the 14 so-called high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be convicted....
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire refused a defense request Wednesday to strike charges against George Huguely V, finding that there was "ample evidence to support a jury finding in favor of all of the indictments" against the former University of Virginia student, including premeditated murder. Huguely is accused of drunkenly beating to death his former girlfriend, Cockeysville-native Yeardley Love, shortly before they were set to graduate. He is charged with murder, breaking and entering, assault, robbery and other crimes in connection with Love's death in 2010 and the theft of her laptop.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2012
- Prosecutors in the Charlottesville murder trial of George Huguely V plan to rest their case Wednesday, on the sixth day of testimony, against the former University of Virginia student, having portrayed him - largely through his own words - as an abusive, alcoholic brute. Defense attorneys, who will begin presenting their side, are likely to counter with an image of a naive jock who never meant to hurt Yeardley Love, his on-and-off girlfriend of two years. The 22-year-old from Cockeysville died in 2010, after Huguely, who's from Chevy Chase, confronted her about their relationship problems while they were both drunk late one Sunday night, a few weeks before they were set to graduate.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2012
On a cold December evening, Baltimore's top prosecutor stood before a roomful of city residents, most of whom would have given anything to be somewhere else. They had all lost a loved one to violence and were assembled to remember the dead. "Although I've only been the state's attorney for just about a year, it is something that I am single-minded about," Gregg L. Bernstein told the audience. "We are working harder and harder every day in an effort to reduce violence. " Being there was part of his plan.
EXPLORE
December 12, 2011
Legislators who advocate projected classes are dim-witted. There is no need for any protected class whether it is for a racial, sexual orientation, religion or transgender class. A crime committed against anyone whether they are a "protected class" or not is a crime and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Discrimination against anyone whether they are a protected class or not is ignorant, and only through public awareness, time, education and enlightenment will you overcome such ignorance.
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