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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1996
Another prosecutor in the Howard County state's attorney's office has resigned, the fifth to leave the office since February under the administration of State's Attorney Marna McLendon.Gail D. Kessler, who practiced law in District Court for the past 19 months, will be joining the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission to work as an assistant bar counsel. Her resignation, submitted Friday, takes effect Aug. 2.Kessler, 33, was hired by McLendon when McLendon took office in January 1995. Kessler had worked in the Carroll County District Court Division for more than two years before coming to Howard.
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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 Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff writer | August 18, 1991
The state's attorney for Carroll has requested legislation that would allow the office to appoint investigators with police powers, including the authority to carry guns, make arrests and serve court papers.State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman met with two county commissioners Thursday to explain the proposal and persuade them to include itin the package to be submitted to Carroll's state legislators later this year.The Carroll delegation decided not to submit the proposal as legislation in 1989 and 1990, and did not discuss it formally during the past session.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | October 10, 1992
Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms says his office will have to stop prosecuting many non-violent crimes if Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke moves ahead with plans to cut $500,000 from his budget."
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | November 12, 1992
Carroll's state's attorney is expected to drop assault and deadly weapon charges today against a Union Bridge woman who had approached her ex-husband with a kitchen knife as a state trooper questioned him about her rape allegations."
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Staff Writer | May 16, 1993
Harford Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann's bid to wrest contro of the county jail and law enforcement from the Sheriff's Office probably won't be considered by county lawmakers before late summer.Council President Jeffrey Wilson won an informal agreement from fellow members Tuesday to put off considering any legislation on public safety until Aug. 10.Mr. Wilson said the council needs time to meet informally with the executive, the sheriff and the state's attorney and consider the continuing investigations into public safety.
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October 11, 1993
The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office under the leadership of Frank Weathersbee has not exactly bolstered our faith in the justice system lately.Last month, a man charged with attempted murderer went free, thanks to a prosecutor's not scheduling his trial fast enough. Judge Eugene M. Lerner was livid, but Mr. Weathersbee simply said of his assistant, "I'm not going to shoot him because he made a mistake."And last week, assistant state's attorney Gerald K. Anders (not the same prosecutor who made the scheduling goof)
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February 9, 1994
Call it chutzpah, nerve, audacity or gall, but don't call the request by Anne Arundel Sheriff Robert Pepersack for a whopping big raise surprising. This is, after all, the man who sued the county executive when he cut the undersheriff out of the budget. Now, Mr. Pepersack wants state lawmakers to boost the sheriff's salary from $42,000 to $65,000. He notes correctly that the increase would not take effect until after he finishes his four-year term. He also acknowledges he intends to run for a second term (which he stands a good chance of winning)
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | March 6, 1994
A bill that would have prohibited the county's assistant state's attorneys from practicing civil law on their own time was rejected Friday by local lawmakers.Anne Arundel's state delegates voted 10-1 against the bill, with only its sponsor, Del. John G. Gary, a Millersville Republican, supporting it. Del. Phillip D. Bissett, R-Edgewater, abstained.County delegates also voted to grant the sheriff a 6 percent pay raise in the 1995 fiscal year beginning in July, with 3 percent increases in the three subsequent years.
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