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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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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.
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By Michael J. Clarkand Bill Glauber | March 1, 1991
The Howard County state's attorney yesterday declined to prosecute former Dunbar High School basketball star David Wingate on second-degree rape and related charges by placing the case on an inactive criminal docket for one year. The action may pave the way for Wingate to return to the San Antonio Spurs.William R. Hymes, the state's attorney, responded to a request by a Baltimore teen-ager who testified last week that she had been raped last fall at a party in Columbia but wanted the charges dropped to avoid the pain of a trial.
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By MIKE BURNS | July 16, 1995
The last time we saw assault charges involving politicians in Harford County, Ruth Elliott and DeWayne Curry were tossing those allegations (as well as candy wrappers) at one other as a result of a closed meeting of the Aberdeen City Council.(Another reason for cutting down on the frequent closed sessions of that body, we might add, but that's a different issue.)There was admittedly political bad blood between the two, in fact between Mayor Elliott and most of the council. The assault charges and countercharges were merely a legal sideshow, actions that were dropped as the battle of those political forces moved to the election box. Mrs. Elliott was ultimately defeated for re-election and Mr. Curry won a second term on the council.
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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 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 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 LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | March 8, 2006
About five years ago, a judge approached lawyer Mary C. Reese and suggested that she apply for a vacant seat on the Howard District Court. She was somewhat taken aback, having never thought of herself as someone who should render judgment over people. "But then the more that I thought about it, I thought, you know, this is a job that the citizens of the state need and the citizens of the county need," said Reese, 44, who grew up in Ellicott City and still lives there. After twice unsuccessfully applying for the position, Reese has been tapped by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to become a Howard District Court judge to take the spot of Judge Louis A. Becker III, who was appointed last year to the Howard County Circuit Court.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | October 11, 1992
A former Carroll assistant state's attorney who represented man charged with his fourth drunken-driving offense had helped to prepare the case against him, according to court records.David M. Littrell, who was asked to resign from the prosecutor's office on July 31, took on Timothy R. Angles as a client last month. Mr. Angles, who already had three drunken-driving convictions on his record, faced his fourth charge stemming from a one-car accident in January in which two people were injured.
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July 5, 1992
Prosecutor hires 2WESTMINSTER -- The daughter of former Baltimore Colts coach Ted Marchibroda and a veteran state police investigator are the two newest members of the State's Attorney's Office.State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman on Thursday announced that Lonni Marchibroda, 33, is the newest assistant state's attorney and James M. Leete, 50, will serve as the office's second criminal investigator. Both people started their jobs Wednesday.Ms. Marchibroda most recently was an attorney in an Annapolis firm before joining the Carroll office.
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