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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | August 25, 2006
The legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personnel practices filed a petition in Harford County Circuit Court this week to compel former gubernatorial aide Joseph F. Steffen to testify. Again. Steffen appeared before the committee this month, but with an attorney by his side, he declined to answer several questions about his contact with individuals in state government and his employment, among other matters. "He's the star witness, and there are some very critical questions that I think needed to be answered that get to the heart of the firings of state employees," said Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, a Southern Maryland Democrat and the committee's co-chairman.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
Only days before she was to be a key prosecution witness in a 2009 murder trial, a Glen Burnie woman was charged with drug and gun violations, and she may have been telling people that the gun found in her possession was the murder weapon. The revelation led to a delay in the trial of Dominic Richard Sanchez of Baltimore, which had been scheduled to start Monday, until June, at the request of Anne Arundel County prosecutors. Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the July 15, 2009, shooting of Lamont Gordon.
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By LEON LAZAROFF and LEON LAZAROFF,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 9, 2006
HOUSTON -- Bent on discrediting Andrew S. Fastow, the government's star witness in the Enron trial, the attorney for former chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling yesterday called the one-time finance chief a "chronic liar" and a "thief" who agreed to testify to avoid going to jail for life. In a much-anticipated showdown, Daniel M. Petrocelli peppered Fastow with questions about stealing millions of dollars from Enron and questioned his motive for testifying. Fastow, in his second day of testimony, continued his assertions that Skilling and co-defendant Kenneth L. Lay, Enron's founder and former chairman, knew of the company's financial troubles and illegal dealings while asserting publicly that all was well.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
Nearly five years after he stabbed three people outside a chicken joint on The Block in Baltimore, Steven James Lashley pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and two counts of assault, agreeing to a 30-year prison term, with half of the time suspended. City prosecutors had originally proposed a 25-year deal. They changed the offer shortly before trial, after their reluctant star witness — Felicia "Snoop" Pearson of the Baltimore-based crime drama "The Wire" — vowed to invoke a Fifth Amendment right to not testify if forced to take the stand.
FEATURES
August 14, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Patty (Glenn Close) and her team prepare their star witness for her deposition in Damages (10 p.m., FX).
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
Only days before she was to be a key prosecution witness in a 2009 murder trial, a Glen Burnie woman was charged with drug and gun violations, and she may have been telling people that the gun found in her possession was the murder weapon. The revelation led to a delay in the trial of Dominic Richard Sanchez of Baltimore, which had been scheduled to start Monday, until June, at the request of Anne Arundel County prosecutors. Sanchez is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the July 15, 2009, shooting of Lamont Gordon.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | January 17, 2003
City prosecutors dropped murder charges yesterday in Circuit Court against three Baltimore men after failing to produce their star witness. Wesley Howard Harris, 19, of the 2400 block of Lauretta Ave., Reginald Dorsey, 21, of the 600 block of Claymont Ave., and Jarrod Anderson, 23, of the 5200 block of Cromarty Road, were accused in the death a year ago of Nathaniel Snuggs, 18, whose body was found in an alley in the 1900 block of Harlem Ave. Snuggs had...
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
A man accused of attempting to kill two undercover Baltimore police officers in 2005 was acquitted by a city jury of all charges last week - four years after a judge declared a mistrial in the case because a juror said she had made up her mind from the start. After the mistrial, federal and Baltimore prosecutors divided the case against William Floyd Crudup, sending ammunition and drug-possession charges to the federal courts. Crudup, 29, is now serving 11 years in federal prison for possessing 12 bags of cocaine when he was arrested in the March 2005 double shooting on Elmley Avenue.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1997
Despite no eyewitness testimony or physical evidence to tie Thomas "Eddie" Blake to the shooting death of a Baltimore teen-ager, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury convicted him yesterday of first-degree murder and four related charges in the slaying.The verdict ended a soap-opera-like trial for the first of three men accused of killing Miquel Tavon "Fats" Cauthorne, 16, of the 3600 block of West Bay Ave. along Shot Town Road in Arnold.Testimony indicated that Blake, 39, of the 1100 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in Baltimore, and Cauthorne were en route to a cookout less than a mile up the secluded road a day after they had reportedly argued.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
Although her 7-year-old daughter was raped and murdered less than 10 feet from her West Baltimore bedroom, Peggy C. "Cookie" Allen says she slept soundly and never awoke to the child's desperate cries.The next morning, "I found her face-down on the floor . . . I ran back and said, 'Something's wrong with Hope,' " Ms. Allen testified yesterday at the Baltimore Circuit Court trial of three men accused of killing her daughter, Tanisha Hope Allen.Ms. Allen, 26, was the focus of heated questioning by a prosecutor and defense attorneys, all of whom seemed to suspect that the whole story wasn't being told.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella , jean.marbella@baltsun.com | December 2, 2009
Did it happen as early as jury selection, or as late as the closing arguments? Or was it at some point in between when the trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon started heading down a path that led jurors to find her guilty Tuesday on one of five criminal counts? In a trial that took surprising turns over its 14-day course, no one incident alone propelled the action; rather it was a pileup of factors that eventually resulted in her conviction on a charge of misappropriation. Going into trial, conventional wisdom seemed to favor Dixon - her seven-member legal team would seem to outgun State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh and his three lawyers in sheer numbers alone, if not reputation.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | November 5, 2009
A Baltimore man who prosecutors say boasted to police about his toughness was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in a fatal ambush outside an Odenton bar a year ago. Anne Arundel County prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for Russell K. Harden in the Nov. 16 shootings that took the lives of two Annapolis men and wounded two others. Judge William C. Mulford II scheduled sentencing for Dec. 23. Harden, 26, threw a candy wrapper onto the courtroom floor after a jury convicted him of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,melissa.harris@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
A man accused of attempting to kill two undercover Baltimore police officers in 2005 was acquitted by a city jury of all charges last week - four years after a judge declared a mistrial in the case because a juror said she had made up her mind from the start. After the mistrial, federal and Baltimore prosecutors divided the case against William Floyd Crudup, sending ammunition and drug-possession charges to the federal courts. Crudup, 29, is now serving 11 years in federal prison for possessing 12 bags of cocaine when he was arrested in the March 2005 double shooting on Elmley Avenue.
FEATURES
August 14, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Patty (Glenn Close) and her team prepare their star witness for her deposition in Damages (10 p.m., FX).
NEWS
By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | August 25, 2006
The legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personnel practices filed a petition in Harford County Circuit Court this week to compel former gubernatorial aide Joseph F. Steffen to testify. Again. Steffen appeared before the committee this month, but with an attorney by his side, he declined to answer several questions about his contact with individuals in state government and his employment, among other matters. "He's the star witness, and there are some very critical questions that I think needed to be answered that get to the heart of the firings of state employees," said Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, a Southern Maryland Democrat and the committee's co-chairman.
BUSINESS
By LEON LAZAROFF and LEON LAZAROFF,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 9, 2006
HOUSTON -- Bent on discrediting Andrew S. Fastow, the government's star witness in the Enron trial, the attorney for former chief executive Jeffrey K. Skilling yesterday called the one-time finance chief a "chronic liar" and a "thief" who agreed to testify to avoid going to jail for life. In a much-anticipated showdown, Daniel M. Petrocelli peppered Fastow with questions about stealing millions of dollars from Enron and questioned his motive for testifying. Fastow, in his second day of testimony, continued his assertions that Skilling and co-defendant Kenneth L. Lay, Enron's founder and former chairman, knew of the company's financial troubles and illegal dealings while asserting publicly that all was well.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | November 5, 2009
A Baltimore man who prosecutors say boasted to police about his toughness was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in a fatal ambush outside an Odenton bar a year ago. Anne Arundel County prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for Russell K. Harden in the Nov. 16 shootings that took the lives of two Annapolis men and wounded two others. Judge William C. Mulford II scheduled sentencing for Dec. 23. Harden, 26, threw a candy wrapper onto the courtroom floor after a jury convicted him of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
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By Laurie Willis and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2001
Baltimore prosecutors dropped murder charges against two men yesterday after the case against them fell apart when a judge found that the state's attorney's office had failed to turn over crucial evidence to their attorneys. Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard ruled testimony by a star witness and other evidence inadmissible as a result of prosecutors' mistakes. With their case crippled, prosecutors said they had no choice but to drop the charges. Deputy State's Attorney Haven Kodeck acknowledged last night that his office had made a "mistake" and did not criticize Heard.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2005
On one end of the cell phone line was a veteran of the Baltimore Police Department looking for a way to restore his reputation inside an agency that had fired him. On the other end was a drug kingpin who ran a $50 million marijuana ring and ordered the murders of at least three people. In between, federal investigators were secretly listening for evidence of a crime. Based on those wiretaps, Sgt. Jeremiah Kelly now stands accused of participating in one of the city's largest drug conspiracies.
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By Robert Manor and Robert Manor,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | February 20, 2004
Defense lawyers say former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey K. Skilling will try to delay his trial, move it as far as possible from Houston and then try to convince jurors the prosecution's star witness, former Enron finance chief Andrew S. Fastow, is an outrageous liar. Attorneys say Skilling, who faces 325 years in prison and civil and criminal fines totaling nearly $150 million, faces major obstacles to proving his innocence. But there are legal tactics that can give him a better chance of acquittal, or at least a deadlocked jury.
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