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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1997
Another prosecutor has resigned from the office of Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon, bringing to seven the number who have left since early last year.The office has 22 prosecutorial positions. Turnover in the state's attorney's office has been comparatively high during McLendon's nearly three-year tenure. Last year, a higher percentage of prosecutors in her office resigned than in state's attorney's offices in Baltimore, Anne Arundel or Harford counties.Ann Singleton, a prosecutor assigned to District Court, submitted her resignation about 10 days ago.A brief statement released by McLendon states that Singleton, 47, a former assistant state attorney general, has been a "tremendous asset" to the office, particularly in the area of drunken-driving and domestic violence cases.
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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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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1999
Staring straight ahead at the judge who will decide his fate, David A. Dicus listened intently as the state's attorney described him as a calculating killer who on a warm summer night nearly four years ago strangled his wife and dumped her body in a field.Dicus showed little emotion during the 3 1/2 hours of closing arguments yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. With his long hair cut for the trial, Dicus briefly smiled at his 15-year-old son, Lucas, who was sitting behind him fidgeting and scribbling into a spiral notebook.
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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 Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Kerry O'Rourke contributed to this article | January 24, 1995
Carroll commissioners heeded the advice of county budget officials when they decided to absorb the nearly $20,000 spent almost three years ago by the former state's attorney to establish a child abuse and sexual assault unit.In closing the $19,400 account last week, the commissioners ended what had become a political battlebetween State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes and the five-term incumbent he defeated in the election, Thomas E. Hickman.The money, requested in July 1992, was to be paid back through the use of fund-raisers.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2002
I. Matthew Campbell, the well-regarded Howard County deputy state's attorney who won convictions on some of the office's highest-profile cases during his nearly four-year tenure, will leave the office this month to litigate securities fraud cases through a quasi-governmental nonprofit organization. Campbell, who joined the Howard state's attorney's office in 1999 after spending nearly a quarter-century investigating and prosecuting cases in Montgomery County, said a job opportunity with the National Association of Securities Dealers "kind of landed on" him a few weeks ago. Although politics was not the "determining factor" in his decision to leave, State's Attorney Marna L. McLendon's decision not to seek re-election this year did weigh on his mind, he said.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
The election's been over for months, but don't tell that to DTC State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes or the 20-year incumbent he trounced at the polls.For much of the week, Mr. Barnes' administrative deputy has publicly complained about the sloppy accounting, inaccurate budgets and mishandled records allegedly left by Thomas E. Hickman and his staff when they departed Jan. 3.Saying that her boss is interested only in bringing "fiscal accountability" back to...
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1997
Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary is accusing the local circuit court's top judge of being soft on alleged law-breaking by an assistant state's attorney who donated to the judge's campaign.The Gary administration has asked for a state investigation into whether Trevor Kiessling, head of the county drug asset forfeiture program, routinely lied to judges by filing papers falsely claiming that the county police chief had approved the auctioning of cars seized from drug suspects.Gary's attorney and Kiessling's office have asked Administrative Judge Clayton Greene Jr. to meet with them and help decide whether Kiessling did anything wrong.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1997
An Ellicott City attorney has lost his law license for illegally making thousands of photocopies in the Howard County Courthouse.Melvin Gary Rybczynski -- who also runs a local title business -- was disbarred by the Court of Appeals on Feb. 5.In October, he was sentenced to two weeks in jail and ordered to pay more than $2,500 in restitution for making copies with a state-owned copy card.Melvin Hirshman, counsel for the state's Attorney Grievance Commission, said Rybczynski consented to the disbarment in the middle of an investigation because he could not defend himself against the charges of improper conduct.
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By Jay Merwin and Jay Merwin,Evening Sun Staff Frank D. Roylance contributed to this story | November 7, 1990
The races for Carroll County sheriff, state's attorney and several other local posts remained undecided today, and the candidates will have to wait for a count of an estimated 800 absentee ballots before final tallies are known."
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