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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1994
The Democratic primary for Howard County state's attorney is a race of contrasts between a self-described political outsider and a 17-year veteran with the county prosecutor's office.Dario Joseph Broccolino, executive director of the Maryland State's Attorneys Association, will meet Michael Allen Weal, chief of the county state's attorney's District Court division, in the Sept. 13 primary.The winner will face one of two Republicans -- Marna Lynn McLendon or Joseph Fleischmann II -- in November's general election in the race to become the county's top law-enforcement official.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | May 18, 1993
Citing insufficient evidence, the state's attorney dropped charges yesterday against a 32-year-old Arnold man charged in the 1989 slaying of a Glen Burnie teen-ager.Mark John Loetz of the 900 block of Burnett Ave. will still spend the next year in the county detention center, where he has been held since December for violating terms of probation on a drug distribution conviction, according to detention center officials.The dismissal was formally approved yesterday by Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. in a brief hearing.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | January 16, 2008
Behind-the-scenes political maneuvering over who should be the next Howard County state's attorney is raising concerns in the legal community as three of the county's five Circuit Court judges prepare to vote on the appointment. County Executive Ken Ulman and newly appointed Circuit Judge Timothy J. McCrone, the former state's attorney, support juvenile division head Lara C. Weathersbee for the top prosecutor's job. McCrone told his staff he favors Weathersbee for his old job and urged them to back her, too. Ulman said he has spoken on Weathersbee's behalf to two of the judges who will vote on the choice.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | October 28, 1995
Defense attorneys in two Baltimore County death-penalty cases have sought to have the trials moved to other parts of the state to find jurors who are less conservative and are less likely to convict.In a third death-penalty case -- one involving the slaying of Debra Goodwich, 19, last year -- a defense attorney is considering requesting a change of venue because of publicity surrounding the case."Baltimore County notoriously has a conservative-tone juror, and I think some other type situation might be more consistent with what we need ," said Roland Walker, a defense attorney in one of the cases.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | May 14, 2008
Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino announced yesterday the appointment of Mary V. Murphy as deputy state's attorney. Murphy, 43, will replace Broccolino, who was promoted to state's attorney last month. He replaced Timothy McCrone, who was named a Circuit Court judge in December. Murphy, who has worked as a Howard County assistant state's attorney since 1991, is the first woman to be named deputy, said Wayne Kirwan, Broccolino's spokesman. The only female state's attorney in Howard County was Marna McClendon, who served two four-year terms starting in 1994.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | December 7, 1994
Beginning next month, Carroll County will join most other Maryland jurisdictions in the selective use of polygraph testing for rape victims, reversing a long-held policy established by the departing state's attorney.Jerry F. Barnes, who on Jan. 3 will replace Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman, said he doesn't see why police should be denied the use of polygraph examinations in cases where a victim's story doesn't appear to lead anywhere."This is going to be a rare thing, a one-in-a-thousand kind of thing," Mr. Barnes said this week.
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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 Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2002
A complex domestic violence case brought against a Howard County police corporal by his estranged wife is budding into a feud between the Howard Police Department and the Carroll County state's attorney's office, which was specially appointed to prosecute the charges. During a heated preliminary hearing Friday in Howard County District Court, Carroll County prosecutors said the Howard County Police Department was biased in its investigation of Cpl. Michael K. Williams, who is accused of threatening his estranged wife with a gun. The felony assault charge alleges the corporal pointed a gun at Elizabeth Williams on Oct. 20 and demanded she drop another set of charges she filed against him in September.
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By GREG GARLAND and GREG GARLAND,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2006
The people who have worked with Stuart O. Simms over the years describe him as a thoughtful, accomplished and widely respected leader. As former Gov. Parris N. Glendening's head of public safety and correctional services, Simms, a Democrat, oversaw one of the state's largest departments - with 12,000 employees and an annual budget of $900 million. He handled the job deftly, according to those who reported to him. "I respect and admire the man very much," said William W. Sondervan, a Simms deputy who was later appointed to oversee the state's prison system.
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By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | April 26, 2006
Judge Stephanie L. Royster, a top criminal prosecutor in the Baltimore state's attorney's office who was appointed to the city Circuit Court in November, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The West Baltimore resident was 45. She had been chief of staff for the state's attorney's office, supervising more than 400 employees, when she was named to the bench. She had formerly been senior prosecutor in the homicide division. "She had a presence in the courtroom and a sensitivity that jurors trusted," State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said yesterday.
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