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December 16, 1996
THERE IS little excuse when a convicted felon is set free because prosecutors make foolish and avoidable mistakes. Within the past three years, the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office has had two convictions reversed because prosecutors did not try the cases in a timely fashion.In the most recent incident, Ronald Johnson, who had been found guilty by a jury of breaking into the Maxway discount store in Brooklyn Park, was freed because of a prosecutor's inattention to the state's "Hicks Rule."
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August 11, 2010
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was of the mindset that the State's Attorney and Baltimore City Police Commissioner work for the "same team", so to speak. What Patricia C. Jessamy is doing by her incendiary comments is to create a large, permanent impassable chasm between herself and Commissioner Bealefeld ("Jessamy calls for probe of Bealefeld," Aug. 11). Ms. Jessamy is taking this issue to a very personal and juvenile level. This certainly does not bode well for the city of Baltimore for the next few months (at least until election day)
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1997
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced yesterday that she is seeking the death penalty against Joseph Ray Metheny in the killings of two women -- the first time the prosecutor has sought the ultimate punishment since taking office two years ago.Metheny, 42, has claimed that he has killed up to 10 people, including two homeless men he was acquitted of bludgeoning to death last year.Metheny is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the killings of Kimberly Lynn Spicer, 23, and Cathy Ann Magaziner, ++ 39. Police say he confessed to both killings, but Metheny pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2010
Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino is relieved to find himself the only incumbent in the county without an opponent in this year's elections, and it's not just because he has no money for a campaign. Although a Democrat, the low-profile Broccolino sees his job as nonpartisan law enforcement and preaches that straight-ahead approach to his staff lawyers when they prosecute cases. Getting a full four-year term in office without having to campaign for it helps that stance, he said, and he's "very pleased."
NEWS
July 14, 1999
Prosecutor's office is open and effective and respects the lawAs the state's attorney for Baltimore, I have been and continue to be accessible and accountable. I attend community meetings, return telephone calls and respond to media and citizen inquiries. I am an honest, hardworking public servant who represents the citizens of Baltimore in a competent and responsible fashion.The Sun has interviewed me numerous times. I am the only individual in city government who has opened up her office and life to a Sun reporter.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | October 28, 1990
Twenty years ago, Richard J. Kinlein -- who would turn out to be one of Howard County's most controversial state's attorneys -- appointed 43-year-old William R. Hymes as a prosecutor. The two have been at odds ever since.Now, Kinlein is facing an uphill battle to get his old job back, but Hymes is showing no signs of relinquishing the office he has held for the past three terms.Hymes, a staunch conservative Democrat who has been county state's attorney since 1978, is firmly entrenched in an office that he would be bitterly reluctant to surrender to Kinlein, well-known in county legal circles as a maverick Republican.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1996
Jean Stovall Anderson, who during her 30-year career as a receptionist in the Baltimore City state's attorney's office became a trusted friend of judges, lawyers and crime victims, died Thursday of cancer at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 71.Mrs. Anderson was the first black female to work in the Baltimore state's attorney's office, according to Judge Charles E. Moylan of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, who as the city's top prosecutor hired her in 1966.At the time of her death, she was assigned to the victims' services unit.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1996
After 21 years, Baltimore County State's Attorney Sandra A. O'Connor, the county's chief prosecutor, says she's nowhere near calling it quits."There are times when you go, 'Oh, gosh.' But never seriously," she says.This month, Mrs. O'Connor marks 21 years in her elected position. During that time, she has built such a strong prosecutorial reputation that no one will run against her. She created Maryland's first crime victim assistance unit and launched other innovations that have spread throughout the state.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1995
James Allan Kulbicki, a former Baltimore police sergeant, was convicted of first-degree murder last night in the 1993 killing of 22-year-old Gina Marie Nueslein, with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair that bore a son.In the retrial, a jury of nine men and three women took less than three hours to return its verdict, which included a conviction for handgun use in a felony. Kulbicki, who faces a life term without the possibility of parole, will be sentenced Dec. 18.After the verdict was read, Jennifer Nueslein, the victim's 18-year-old sister, cried.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1999
PRINCE FREDERICK -- The legal travail of Anthony Gray Jr. -- poor, luckless and slow of wit -- began more than seven years ago, when all indications say he was arrested and sentenced to life in prison merely for being in a very frightened place at a very frightening time.On Monday, Gray is likely to be freed from the prison where he has spent the bulk of his adult life.In an extraordinary admission, the Calvert County state's attorney will tell a judge here that prosecutors made a horrible mistake: No convincing evidence exists that Gray committed the murder that has kept him behind bars.
NEWS
July 7, 2010
The first sentence of Jean Marbella's piece ("Jessamy draws challenger to re-election," July 5) said it all: Four mayors, six police commissioners and one chief prosecutor over the past 15 years. Time to let someone else see if a better job can be done, having in mind plea deals accepted and numerous excuses over the years for cases either not pursued or lost for various reasons. With his experience as a former federal prosecutor, Gregg Bernstein should be given an opportunity to show a better job can be done in the position.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
Called for jury duty for the third time that he can remember, Dario Broccolino doesn't know why he wasn't picked Thursday to hear a personal injury complaint stemming from an automobile accident. Maybe because he's the top prosecutor for Howard County? "I have no idea which side didn't want me on the jury," Broccolino said. "There's a million different reasons why you want someone on a jury or don't want them on a jury, what perceptions or preconceived ideas you have." Broccolino walked into the courtroom of Circuit Judge Timothy McCrone — his predecessor and former boss — not as Howard County state's attorney but as a citizen called to meet a civic obligation.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
A former Baltimore County prosecutor who works as an attorney in Towson has been charged with carjacking and armed robbery in connection with an incident last week near his home. Isaiah Dixon III, 54, who worked as an assistant state's attorney for almost eight years until July 1997, was arrested Monday after police say he ran from officers on Belle Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. A police spokesman said the officers had converged there after a man was spotted driving a 2009 Honda Accord that had been taken at gunpoint Friday from its owner, a 31-year-old woman.
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By Andrea F. Siegel | December 13, 2009
Six lawyers, two of them career criminal prosecutors and one a former judge who lost a previous election, will be considered to replace a judge who retired last summer from the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bench. Sixteen people applied, and the Judicial Nominating Commission for the county winnowed the applicants down last week. Gov. Martin O'Malley must appoint someone from the panel's list, though he can also reopen the process to generate a new list. Whoever is appointed will have a short time on the job before needing to win election next year to keep it, provided the appointment is made before the filing deadline in July for November's election.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | September 13, 2009
As soon as Maryland's Gang Prosecution Act went into effect in 2007, prosecutors in Harford County tested it, filing charges against a group that had stabbed and beaten a man. But when prosecutors couldn't show how the attack had furthered a criminal conspiracy, as required under the new law, the judge balked. They had to drop the gang charges and move forward with simple assault. "It's a very unworkable statute. ... Most prosecutors haven't really bothered to do anything with it," said Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly, who contends that the law is watered-down and useless.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | July 15, 2009
Frank R. Weathersbee, Anne Arundel County's longtime chief prosecutor, said he plans to seek a sixth term in office, one that would make him among the longest-tenured state's attorneys in Maryland. The Democrat has not set a timetable for announcing his 2010 candidacy, when he expects to bring out the "Weathersbee for State's Attorney" signs from previous campaigns. Weathersbee, 65, has been a key player in the county's criminal justice system through more than a generation. In addition to specialized investigation and prosecution units, the office has programs to divert criminal cases from court.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2005
Rod J. Rosenstein, a Justice Department official untethered to the state's political power structure, has emerged as the leading contender to become the next U.S. attorney in Maryland, sources confirmed this week. Rosenstein, 40, serves as principal deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's tax division. Known by some for his conservative ideological bent, including past membership in the Federalist Society, Rosenstein might have achieved his highest profile to date as a prosecutor for Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr.
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By SUMATHI REDDY and SUMATHI REDDY,SUN REPORTER | June 1, 2006
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge has dismissed a $14 million lawsuit accusing city and state leaders of failing to protect the Dawson family from the 2002 firebombing that killed the couple and their five children. Judge M. Brooke Murdock struck down an argument from survivors that the city created danger by soliciting participation through its "Believe" campaign and by encouraging residents to report criminal activity to police. The judge ruled that the advertisements were directed at all Baltimore residents and not to the Dawsons specifically.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | June 24, 2009
A federal judge denied a Westminster woman's request to withdraw her guilty plea Tuesday and sentenced her to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor, a 17-year-old cousin whose sexual services she sold under the Internet heading "Available now." Deborah Gail Frock, who was previously convicted of trying to blackmail a state prosecutor, claimed that the government coerced her to take the plea agreement by outlining plans to file additional charges that carried a minimum 30-year sentence if she didn't accept the deal.
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