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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 Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | January 4, 1995
Marna McLendon was sworn in as the new Howard County state's attorney yesterday on the heels of a major staffing shake-up she announced last week that involves the departure of nine prosecutors.As the first Republican to serve as the county's top law-enforcement official in decades, Ms. McLendon oversees an office that will have nearly half of its 22 prosecutors replaced because of forced or voluntary resignations.At the Circuit Court ceremony yesterday, Ms. McLendon said the state's attorney's office would be ready for the challenges as she institutes new programs.
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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 Michael James and Michael James,Staff writer | October 28, 1990
Twenty years ago, Richard J. Kinlein -- who would turn out to be one of Howard County's most controversial state's attorneys -- appointed 43-year-old William R. Hymes as a prosecutor. The two have been at odds ever since.Now, Kinlein is facing an uphill battle to get his old job back, but Hymes is showing no signs of relinquishing the office he has held for the past three terms.Hymes, a staunch conservative Democrat who has been county state's attorney since 1978, is firmly entrenched in an office that he would be bitterly reluctant to surrender to Kinlein, well-known in county legal circles as a maverick Republican.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
The 50-year-sentence offered to a Woodbine man accused of raping a 20-year-old woman and holding her hostage for 13 hours last summer is unfair to the public and the victim, incoming State's Attorney Jerry F. Barnes said yesterday."
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By Michael Dresser and Gus Sentementes and Michael Dresser and Gus Sentementes,Sun reporters | October 25, 2007
The driver of a Lincoln Navigator whose trailer came loose on the Bay Bridge in May was "solely at fault" for the deadly multivehicle crash that resulted, according to a police investigation, but prosecutors have decided that they have no grounds for charging him with any traffic offenses. Three Eastern Shore men died in the seven-vehicle collision May 10, which closed the westbound span of the bridge well into the night and backed up traffic for miles. A report released yesterday by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said the driver of the Navigator, Stephen A. Burt of Rockville, was responsible for the deadly chain of events.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | November 13, 2003
The state's highest court ordered a reprimand yesterday of Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler for remarks he made to the media that the Attorney Grievance Commission argued could have tainted cases. The decision marks the first time the Maryland Court of Appeals has disciplined an attorney for breaching the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct. In a unanimous opinion, the court stated that between 2000 and 2001, Gansler violated those rules when he "spoke outside of the court about matters that had substantial likelihood of depriving several criminal defendants of fair trials."
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2002
Michael Austin, the Baltimore man who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, went before a House of Delegates committee yesterday to support a bill that would make it easier for the state to compensate people who have been wrongly locked up. With mesmerized delegates looking on, Austin told the Judiciary Committee how he sat in a prison cell for more than half his life and is now "lost" after being freed Dec. 28. "I was a taxpayer, but...
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By Compiled from the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County | February 8, 1998
25 years ago:After 4 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Eddie Drabic, 25, is coming home. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Drabic of Lightner Street, Union Bridge, received the good news Saturday about midnight. They had known only that their son was reported missing in action since September 1968. Said Mrs. Drabic, "We know he's alive. That's all that's important." -- the Carroll Record, Feb. 1, 1973.75 years ago:State's Attorney Theodore F. Brown and Sheriff E. Edward Martin tell of an interesting experience they had Saturday afternoon near Roller in the extreme northeastern corner of Carroll County.
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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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