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By ANDREW A. GREEN and ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
SILVER SPRING -- Saying he has the breadth of experience to protect consumers, the environment and minorities, Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez announced his candidacy for attorney general yesterday. The Democrat and former U.S. Justice Department lawyer said he wants to continue and expand upon the legacy of retiring Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. He said he would guarantee civil rights, stamp out public corruption and help ensure that all Marylanders have access to quality health care.
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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 ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | August 1, 2006
An Anne Arundel County judge rejected yesterday a legal challenge to the eligibility of Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez to serve as attorney general if elected, saying the Democratic candidate meets the constitutional requirement of 10 years of legal experience in the state. Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner's decision concurred with a June opinion issued by Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., whose impending retirement leaves the office without an incumbent for the first time in two decades.
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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."
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By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | July 14, 2006
A Montgomery County Republican filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the qualifications of Montgomery County Council member Thomas E. Perez to run for Maryland attorney general. Perez lacks the 10 years of Maryland legal experience required by the state constitution, despite an opinion to the contrary from Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., argued Stephen N. Abrams, a Montgomery school board member who is a candidate for state comptroller. Filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, the lawsuit comes two months before the Democratic primary in September.
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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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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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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 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 Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | December 28, 2006
She took over an office beset by scandal, corruption, political influence and the reputation of being an old boys' club. After only a dozen years on the job, she had become such a fixture as an elected official that would-be challengers just gave up trying to unseat her. And she has stood firmly behind her policy on capital punishment, even as it pushed her office into the national death penalty debate for seeking death sentences more often than any...
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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 Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1996
Prosecutor Martha Ann Sitterding has resigned as deputy state's attorney for Carroll County, effective Aug. 1, to join her husband's growing private law practice in Westminster, she said yesterday.The transition from prosecuting attorney to defense attorney should not be difficult, she said."As a prosecutor, you ask yourself, 'What do I have here, and what does it tell me?' As a defense attorney, you ask, "What's here, and what's the matter with it?' "Sitterding joined the state's attorney's office 18 months ago after 13 years specializing in sexual offense cases with the Public Defender's Office of Carroll County.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,Sun Staff Writer | September 3, 1995
Severn E. "Buck" Lanier, who packed experiences ranging from barge pilot to Navy underwater demolition team member to Baltimore County assistant state's attorney into 72 years of life, died Thursday of a heart attack at the Lorien Columbia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Mr. Lanier, an Ellicott City resident, was an assistant Baltimore County state's attorney from 1969 to 1976, working with State's Attorney Samuel A. Green Jr. Mr. Lanier was in private practice in Dundalk for nearly 20 years.
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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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