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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
When a New Jersey police officer goes on trial Monday in Annapolis in the killing of a Lansdowne man during a road rage incident, he won't face the first-degree murder charge alone. Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, will have a defense team that includes a high-powered New York attorney behind him, as well as a long blue line of fellow officers, police fraternal organizations and union officials. Facts of the June 2013 case are undisputed: Walker shot and killed Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. along Route 3 near Millersville after the two pulled their vehicles over following an angry exchange.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
When a New Jersey police officer goes on trial Monday in Annapolis in the killing of a Lansdowne man during a road rage incident, he won't face the first-degree murder charge alone. Joseph Lamont Walker, 41, will have a defense team that includes a high-powered New York attorney behind him, as well as a long blue line of fellow officers, police fraternal organizations and union officials. Facts of the June 2013 case are undisputed: Walker shot and killed Joseph Dale Harvey Jr. along Route 3 near Millersville after the two pulled their vehicles over following an angry exchange.
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By Jon Morgan and Marego Athans and Jon Morgan and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 3, 2000
ATLANTA - Jurors in the murder trial of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis were led yesterday on a virtual tour of the crime scene by a detective who displayed gruesome photographs and blood-stained clothes. The detective, Kenneth Allen of the Atlanta Police Department, described in excruciating detail what he found at the scene after he arrived about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Lying on the street was the body of Richard Lollar, a 24-year-old Decatur, Ga., barber who had died of stab wounds to the heart less than an hour earlier.
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December 22, 2009
A California appeals court on Monday rejected Roman Polanski's bid to have his 32-year-old sex case dismissed, but cited grave concerns over possible judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. "We encourage all participating parties to do their utmost to ensure that this matter now draws to a close in a manner that fully addresses the issues of due process and fundamental fairness raised by the events of long ago," the court's opinion stated. While a blow to Polanski's efforts to have the case dismissed and win his freedom from Swiss authorities, the ruling cast serious doubt on how the case was handled.
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April 12, 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder will have his hands full cleaning up the mess at the Department of Justice. The department drew a steady stream of criticism during the Bush years for unprofessional conduct by government lawyers and political meddling in appointments and high-profile cases. Mr. Holder's selection last week of two career prosecutors to lead the effort to restore the department's reputation signals he is serious about turning his agency around. In naming Mary Patrice Brown as head of the Office of Professional Responsibility, which monitors misconduct by government lawyers, and H. Marshall Jarrett to run the executive office of U.S. attorneys, which directs and coordinates the work of the 94 U.S. attorneys around the country, Mr. Holder stressed they were chosen for their competence rather than for their political connections.
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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 Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | December 7, 2006
On trial for the fifth time in the killing of his friend's mother in her Arnold home, handyman Albert Givens was convicted again yesterday of first-degree murder. "I'm hopeful that this verdict will be the verdict that will stay with us," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee. He said "there would be no reason" his office would not seek a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole -- which Givens had received twice before, for convictions that were later thrown out -- when the former Annapolis resident is sentenced Jan. 8 for the 1992 killing of Marlene Kilpatrick, 55. During this most recent trial, which began Nov. 27, the defense unsuccessfully sought a mistrial, pointing to publicity and the fainting by a juror when shown bloody photos.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | February 12, 1992
Defense attorneys for Brian Jordan, charged with the April 1990 murder of a Columbia woman, claim that county prosecutors misled Jordan into believing that the state was considering offering him a plea bargain. The lawyers say the prosecution withheld critical information relating to Jordan's role in the crime.Jordan's attorneys, Philip Dantes and James Maggio, argued Monday at a pretrial hearing before Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. for dismissal of the state's case against Jordan based on the lack of a speedy trial and prosecutorial misconduct.
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By Jon Morgan and Marego Athans and Jon Morgan and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 3, 2000
ATLANTA - Jurors in the murder trial of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis were led yesterday on a virtual tour of the crime scene by a detective who displayed gruesome photographs and blood-stained clothes. The detective, Kenneth Allen of the Atlanta Police Department, described in excruciating detail what he found at the scene after he arrived about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Lying on the street was the body of Richard Lollar, a 24-year-old Decatur, Ga., barber who had died of stab wounds to the heart less than an hour earlier.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | June 23, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. -- Lawyers for three former Duke lacrosse players asked a judge yesterday to find Mike Nifong, the former district attorney, in criminal contempt of court. A finding of contempt could land Nifong in jail. The motion was filed with Durham Superior Court Judge W. Osmond Smith III, who has been assigned to the lacrosse case. The lawyers said that Nifong had engaged in a pattern of official misconduct that violated at least a dozen laws, rules and court orders designed to protect due process and the pursuit of truth.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | May 6, 1994
A Virginia man convicted in the shooting death of his then ex-wife's boyfriend at a Jessup hotel in June 1991 asked for a new trial in Howard Circuit Court yesterday.Adel George Hagez, 46, of Richmond could be sentenced to life in prison if Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. denies his request and upholds his conviction for first-degree murder and a weapons violation.At yesterday's hearing, Baltimore attorney William H. Murphy Jr. told Judge Sybert that he erred in ordering the defendant's wife to the witness stand even though he knew she would not testify.
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