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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 30, 2010
Two teenage girls who told police that Lamont Davis mistakenly shot 5-year-old Raven Wyatt during a Baltimore street fight last summer were reluctant to repeat those statements in court Tuesday while the defendant and his supporters looked on. One of the girls changed her story completely, claiming police had pressured her into making a false identification, while the other had to be ordered to answer questions. The judge determined the former teen was lying and threatened the latter with contempt charges if she didn't comply, which she finally did after a long pause, describing Davis, 17, as the person she identified months ago. The judge ruled that the girls' identifications of Davis as the suspect can be admitted at trial.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
A Baltimore judge this week ruled to allow city prosecutors to withhold identifying witness information from defendants in the sweeping case against alleged members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. Judge Sylvester B. Cox on Tuesday granted a protective order, requested by the state's attorney's office, on any materials that could expose witnesses to harm or intimidation, after hearing a detective describe the fears witnesses had about cooperating with the investigation. Forty-eight suspects accused of being members of the BGF gang, which operated a violent, widespread drug trade in the city and corrupted the Baltimore City Detention Center, were indicted last November.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
Should people with multiple personalities be allowed to take the stand as witnesses in criminal trials?That's a key legal question ina Harford Circuit Court case in which a 10-year-old girl diagnosed with at least three personalities alleges that her father sexually abused her for two years.Paul F. Rothstein, a Georgetown University law professor and expert in trial procedures, said courts nationwide are permitting witnesses with psychological disorders to testify, leaving it up to jurors to decide if the witness should be believed.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The mother of a Maryland man with Down syndrome who died in police custody last year told a Senate panel Tuesday that the federal government needs to spend more to train law enforcement on how to approach the disabled and mentally ill. Patti Saylor, whose son, Robert "Ethan" Saylor, died of asphyxiation last January while handcuffed on the ground in a Frederick County movie theater, said more should be done to foster relationships between police...
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 25, 2006
CHICAGO -- Since the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan began nearly four months ago, the jury has listened to the testimony of more than 70 witnesses, including a lottery winner and the head of homeland security in California under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But with the prosecution planning to wrap up its arguments this week, the defense is poised to put the one person on the stand who could make or break the case: George Ryan. Ryan, 71, and his attorneys have said that the pharmacist-turned-politician who spent more than three decades in elected office could take the stand late this week.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 15, 1998
WILMINGTON, Del. -- His brothers have testified. His former wife, two lovers and any number of friends, acquaintances and fellow prisoners have taken the stand. And in a sense, even a third girlfriend, the one he is charged with killing, has spoken through diary entries and e-mails that have given her posthumous voice.Yet Thomas Capano himself remains the silent center of his trial as his attorneys wind down their defense. Yesterday, as his prison psychiatrist painted a sympathetic portrait of the man accused of murdering Anne Marie Fahey, the governor's scheduling secretary, courtroom watchers were left to wonder: Will Capano himself take the stand?
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer | January 20, 1994
A Glen Burnie woman told an Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday that her daughter's former fiance seemed calm and rational when he showed up at her door one night last May -- and that he was still calm after he pumped three bullets into her daughter.Dorothy Shifflett said she heard gunshots about 5:30 p.m. May 17. She testified that she rushed out of her home in the 7800 block of Glen Ridge Drive and found her daughter, Loretta Lynn Shifflett, lying on the doorstep with a gunshot wound in her chest.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2000
A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge denied yesterday a request by Philip F. Berrigan and three co-defendants to allow experts to testify at their trial on the legality of their arrests Dec. 19 at a Maryland Air National Guard base in Essex. Judge James T. Smith Jr. ruled that Berrigan, 76, of Baltimore; Susan Crane, 56, also of Baltimore; the Rev. Stephen Kelly, 50, a Jesuit priest from New York City; and Elizabeth Walz, 33, a Dominican nun from Philadelphia, may not have experts testify on laws regarding the use of depleted uranium in military weapons.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer | June 28, 1994
The woman managed to keep her composure on the witness stand. But after telling a Carroll Circuit Court judge yesterday that she wouldn't testify against her husband on charges that he raped her at gunpoint a month before their January wedding, she shed tears as she returned to her front-row seat.Her mother-in-law comforted her.The decision not to testify by the woman, who is five months pregnant with her husband's child, triggered a plea bargain that will allow him to avoid jail. Their names are being withheld to protect her privacy.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1996
Prosecutors yesterday dropped a battery charge against Baltimore schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey after his wife declined to testify against him in court.Amprey's wife, Freda Jones Amprey, herself an employee of the school system, charged Aug. 30 that the 51-year-old superintendent had knocked her down and struck her during an argument over money. She also filed for an order of protection against him, which a judge granted, and the couple reached an agreement to stay away from one another and settle their financial obligations.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Six months after the seemingly random murder of a 12-year-old boy in East Baltimore, police had not been able to solve the case, and, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday, the investigation had "gone cold. " But then in December 2011, a defendant in a drug case told prosecutors he knew something about the killing. Antwan Mosley told them that the boy, Sean Johnson, was gunned down as members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang lashed out in revenge for an attack on of one of their own. "That was a key break in a tragic homicide," Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Madigan said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department pledged to devote "every resource in the organization" to supporting a detective who claims attempts were made to intimidate him for testifying in a criminal case against other officers, Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Thursday. Detective Joe Crystal found a dead rat on his car's windshield a few weeks after he talked to prosecutors who filed charges against his sergeant and another officer in the beating of a drug suspect. The sergeant, Marinos Gialamas, was convicted of misconduct, and the officer, Anthony Williams, was convicted of assault and obstruction of justice for asking his girlfriend to lie to internal affairs investigators about the incident.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A Naval Academy midshipman once accused of sexual assault testified for the first time in open court Tuesday, telling a military judge that when he got into a car with a female classmate outside a 2012 off-campus party, he didn't think she was too drunk to know what she was doing. Midshipman Eric Graham said the alleged victim might have smelled of alcohol, but was talking and moving around on the night of a party that resulted in accusations of sexual assault against Graham and two others.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2014
Prosecutors said Friday they intend to explore the tempestuous relationship between the lead detective in the Phylicia Barnes case and his daughter when his trial on assault and burglary charges begins next week. The detective, Daniel T. Nicholson IV, is accused of barging into a Northeast Baltimore apartment, knocking a woman to the ground and punching another as he frantically searched for his daughter. His actions were previously scrutinized at the trial of Michael Maurice Johnson, who was indicted in Barnes' death, when defense attorneys sought to cast doubt on Nicholson's credibility by pointing to the parallels between Nicholson's own hunt and the search for Barnes.
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Kevin Rector and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said he will testify at Tuesday's hearings on the state's troubled health exchange, where lawmakers will consider an emergency fix for people who tried to buy health insurance but were stymied by its technical glitches. Last week, it was an open question whether Brown would attend.  Brown said Monday he and everyone else state in charge of the health exchange share responsibility for its failures, but he also blamed inaccurate reports for his not knowing that the online insurance marketplace would be riddled with technical programs before it launched.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Mark Midei said in court Wednesday that he may have saved the life of a former patient by placing three stents in the man's heart, disputing the patient's claims in a $50 million lawsuit alleging that the procedure was unnecessary. Midei's testimony came in Baltimore County Circuit Court, where the former cardiologist is being sued by Baltimore businessman Glenn Weinberg. It's the latest suit against Midei and the former owners of St. Joseph Medical Center, where he worked. "I am proud of the fact that I fixed him," Midei said of Weinberg, arguing that without them, his patient could have died.
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July 4, 2006
The mother of one of the three elementary school-age children killed in a brutal attack two years ago testified yesterday that one of the defendants charged in the murder had expressed a romantic interest in her months before. Maria Andrea Espejo Quezada's nearly five-hour testimony was similar to the testimony she gave last year, when the trial for Policarpio Espinoza, 24, and Adan Canela, 19 - both charged with first-degree murder - ended in a mistrial. Quezada, the first witness to testify, said Canela told her that he had never had a girlfriend and that he "wanted to have his way with me," she said.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | May 5, 1993
The ex-wife of a man on trial in the slaying of her boyfriend acknowledged yesterday that the couple remarried last week, hoping a Howard County judge would disqualify her from testifying against her husband.But Howard Circuit Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. ordered the woman to testify at the trial of Adel George Hagez, saying he believes she only remarried the man to "hinder justice."Judge Sybert cited cases that permit judges to use their discretion to determine if they believe someone married a defendant to interfere with a trial.
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By William C. Baker | September 30, 2013
In recent testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman inaccurately depicted her county and others in Maryland as unsuspecting victims of a 2012 state law dealing with "stormwater utility fees. " The fact is Anne Arundel, like other counties, is contributing significant polluted runoff to the Chesapeake Bay and therefore must do more to fix that problem. Let me clear up the record following Ms. Neuman's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.
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