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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
In the case involving an altercation last week between Baltimore Clerk of Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway Sr. and a blogger, State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has said his office won't make the decision on whether to file criminal charges or handle any ensuing court proceedings. That responsibility will instead fall to Steven I. Kroll, a former Baltimore County prosecutor who now works as a coordinator for Maryland's association of state's attorneys. In recent months, Kroll's position has evolved from one that deals with ethics and training issues, to also serving as a special outside counsel for cases in which prosecutors say their offices have a potential conflict of interest.
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By Erin Cox and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is proposing to eliminate the state prosecutor's office, the independent agency that secured a string of high-profile political convictions in recent years. Gansler, a Democrat running for governor, called the office "a holdover from the Watergate era" that overlaps with other law enforcement offices and said scrapping it would save taxpayers as much as $1.2 million a year. But others called the proposal cause for concern, saying the agency's independence puts it in a unique position to prosecute government or electoral wrong-doing.
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April 28, 1992
William M. Katcef, deputy chief of the District Court division of the State's Attorney's Office, has been appointed special prosecutor tolead local efforts against drugs and prostitution.Katcef will work with the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority to drive drug dealers from county public housing projects, State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said yesterday.Katcef will supplement the work of a team appointed last Decemberto prosecute drug cases and will assist Annapolis authorities in prostitution cases, Weathersbee said.
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July 24, 2013
In response to Grafton R. Hersperger's letter ( " Zimmerman was wrong," July 22), There is a reason that the local district attorney did not indict George Zimmerman, and it was the same reason that the special prosecutor bypassed the normal process of going through the grand jury: not enough proof to bring Mr. Zimmerman to trial. Also, if Trayvon Martin had not been suspended from school (for the second time in a year), he would have been at home with his mother 200 miles away.
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February 26, 1992
The so-called special prosecutor law expires this year. Congress will extend it in some version. But it should do so against the backdrop of its effectiveness in the Iran-contra affair. Or rather its ineffectiveness. This is clearly a law that needs fixing.That investigation and prosecution led by Lawrence Walsh is in its sixth year now and has cost approximately $30 million. It has produced nothing in the way of results commensurate with such an effort. The two most visible targets of the investigation, Oliver North and John Poindexter, were convicted but had their convictions overturned.
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August 21, 1999
A lawyer for Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday that the governor cannot appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the fatal shooting by police of a Prince George's County man in June 1993.Artie Elliott was shot after being arrested for drunken driving. Last week, hundreds of protesters marched from Lanham to Annapolis to petition the governor to act.A state prosecutor can investigate malfeasance by public officials, a misdemeanor. The 2-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor charges has passed, Mary Ellen Barbera, the governor's lawyer, said.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 1995
The county state's attorney's office has asked for a special prosecutor to handle the case of an Anne Arundel County police officer charged with sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman six days after the two met through a newspaper personal ad.Cynthia M. Ferris, an assistant state's attorney, said she asked for the special prosecutor to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest because Karl T. Strohminger, the officer, "has been in and out of the District...
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By Elizabeth Holtzman | September 2, 2007
The resignation of Alberto R. Gonzales marks the end the most dysfunctional and lawless epoch at the Justice Department since the days of John Mitchell, who authorized the Watergate burglary and then lied about it, stepping down as President Richard M. Nixon's attorney general in 1972. Like Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Gonzales has served his president as enabler-in-chief, earning his reputation as the most loyal member of the Cabinet as he lined up the Justice Department behind the White House's extralegal and unconstitutional maneuverings.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | August 14, 1994
The stormy, partisan Washington reaction to the decision by a three-judge panel there to oust one Whitewater independent counsel, Robert B. Fiske Jr., and replace him with another, Kenneth W. Starr, came, coincidentally but appropriately, in the week the nation was noting the 20th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon because of Watergate.It is often forgotten that the investigation and prosecution of the Watergate burglary and its subsequent cover-up was not carried out under the law that now covers such independent prosecutions.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,Washington Bureau of The Sun | November 24, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, about to start the sixth year of the Iran-contra probe, says he is "constantly sensitive" about what he has spent -- nearly $30 million. But he makes no apology for what he has done so far and still plans to do.Although he is well aware that Republicans in Congress and many conservatives wish that he had long since closed up shop, the publicly shy but privately strong-willed special prosecutor is not done yet.There is a determination in his long stride up and down the hallways of a Washington office building that matches his commitment to see through the job he got five years ago next month -- a job the former Wall Street lawyer won't finish until some months after his 80th birthday, in January.
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July 16, 2013
Great conclusion here: Justice has been served and George Zimmerman was found not guilty ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15). The jury was 100 percent correct in its decision and followed the letter of the law. This should have never come to a trial, as Mr. Zimmerman acted in nothing but pure self defense and did not commit a crime. Trayvon Martin's death immediately captured national attention and sparked a heated debate over race relations and racial profiling in the U.S. This case only became of national and world-wide interest because of the liberal media frenzy and circus and because of the statement that President Barack Obama made on national television: "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.
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May 23, 2013
Regarding the recent Obama administration scandals, The Sun editorial makes a correct analysis that Republican "overreaching," "hyperbolic comparison to Watergate," "calls for a special prosecutor," and "talk about impeachment" of President Barack Obama are based on hope and accusation, not on any evidence, so far ("GOP can't help itself," May 21). The Republican Party has not learned its lesson from the impeachment of President Bill Clinton that personal popularity and the overwhelming protection from the media are the best insulators from getting fired from the president's job. Unlike Richard Nixon, Presidents Clinton and Obama have enjoyed both.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
In the case involving an altercation last week between Baltimore Clerk of Circuit Court Frank M. Conaway Sr. and a blogger, State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has said his office won't make the decision on whether to file criminal charges or handle any ensuing court proceedings. That responsibility will instead fall to Steven I. Kroll, a former Baltimore County prosecutor who now works as a coordinator for Maryland's association of state's attorneys. In recent months, Kroll's position has evolved from one that deals with ethics and training issues, to also serving as a special outside counsel for cases in which prosecutors say their offices have a potential conflict of interest.
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September 3, 2009
Do you agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney that the Obama administration's appointment of a special prosecutor to look into allegations of CIA abuse of detainees is politically motivated? Yes 61% No 37% Not sure 2% (1,080 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Should Baltimore County install speed cameras? Vote at baltimoresun.com/vote
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August 25, 2009
With the economy still sputtering, unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and health care reform under attack, it's little wonder President Barack Obama isn't eager for a distracting debate over the Bush administration's policy on torture to extract information from suspected terrorists. But a report released Monday revealing new details of the abuses carried out by the agency shows why Mr. Obama will have to tackle the subject. Indeed, within hours of the report's release, the Justice Department announced a criminal probe of alleged detainee abuses, and the White House said it will assume direct control of interrogations of terror suspects.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | January 18, 2008
So now the Feds are going to go after Miguel Tejada. The suspected crime of the former Oriole? The prosecutor's best friend, the fallback when they can't get you on something else: lying under oath. Maybe they can hire a special prosecutor -- maybe Ken Starr, who got Bill Clinton for fibbing to the Feds, or Patrick Fitzgerald, who got Scooter Libby -- to get Miggy. Ridiculous? Of course. But then, the whole steroid scandal began its descent into farce long ago -- maybe even before that particularly comical 2005 hearing that a House committee called as part of its investigation into one of the worst-kept secrets ever: whether baseball players were using steroids.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 22, 1998
Three former friends of the parents of JonBenet Ramsey have asked for a special prosecutor to take over the stalled 20-month-old investigation into the slaying of the 6-year-old Colorado beauty princess.The former friends, all residents of Boulder, have broken off their friendships with John and Patsy Ramsey, parents of the slain child. In two separate letters, they accuse Boulder District Attorney Alex Hunter of unwarranted delays in prosecuting the case and of being overly accommodating to the Ramseys.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | February 19, 1999
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is considering whether to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct its inquiry into charges of possible misconduct by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, officials said yesterday.One proposal discussed in recent days is the appointment of a U.S. attorney, possibly one with solid Republican credentials, who would supervise Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno has not reached a decision, the officials said, but her aides have weighed options should she decide to take the investigation away from the Office of Professional Responsibility, the department's in-house ethics unit.
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By Elizabeth Holtzman | September 2, 2007
The resignation of Alberto R. Gonzales marks the end the most dysfunctional and lawless epoch at the Justice Department since the days of John Mitchell, who authorized the Watergate burglary and then lied about it, stepping down as President Richard M. Nixon's attorney general in 1972. Like Mr. Mitchell, Mr. Gonzales has served his president as enabler-in-chief, earning his reputation as the most loyal member of the Cabinet as he lined up the Justice Department behind the White House's extralegal and unconstitutional maneuverings.
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June 6, 2007
It's not a heroic age, is it? Thirty-five miles down the highway from Baltimore lies a capital city pulsing with self-regard, but rarely has such an elite agglomeration of politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, think-tankers and journalists had less reason to preen. A visit to Washington in, say, early March of 2003, just before the invasion of Iraq, was like a visit to another country altogether. Washington was going to show the world something - even the bookstores were filled with cheerleading displays of testaments to American military perfection - and just about the whole establishment was reading from the same page.
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