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January 13, 2010
The chief executive of media research firm Arbitron Inc. has resigned amid allegations that he provided false testimony to a congressional committee. The Columbia-based company said in a statement this week that Michael P. Skarzynski resigned because he had violated a company policy in a matter "entirely unrelated" to financial performance. U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement that Skarzynski might have provided false testimony during a December hearing about whether Arbitron's people meter would silence minority radio stations.
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By Steven H. Levin, Charles N. Curlett Jr. and Michael T. Cornacchia | August 8, 2014
On an evening in June 2013, New Jersey Det. Joseph Walker was driving his minivan along Route 3 near Interstate 97 with his wife and three young children when he accidentally drifted into Joseph Harvey Jr.'s lane of traffic. Harvey, who was with a passenger, Adam Pidel, responded by yelling racial slurs at Detective Walker and his family, who are African-American, and issuing a death threat. Harvey eventually forced the Walkers from the road and sped off only to pull over 50 yards ahead.
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By Dave Rosenthal | April 25, 2012
A storm of recriminations and denials followed the publication of "The Politician," but the testimony inJohn Edwards' criminal trial reads like the book's key chapters. The former senator from North Carolina is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in illegal campaign contributions while seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Prosecutors say he used the money to bankroll his mistress, Rielle Hunter, rather than his campaign. The defense says the money was a personal gift, unrelated to the campaign.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Morgan Lane Arnold said she was "glad" her father was dead and wished her boyfriend had also killed her father's girlfriend, a forensic psychiatrist testified in court Wednesday. The Howard County teenager was in a state of active psychosis when she made the comments about her father, Dennis Lane, said the psychiatrist, Neil Blumberg, who testified as an expert witness for the girl's defense. Arnold's lawyers are trying to get her case transferred to the juvenile system. The girl, now 16, is accused of asking her then-boyfriend, Jason Bulmer, to kill Lane.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council has adopted new rules for its meetings, including measures to crack down on people who go off-topic when they testify. The changes were vehemently opposed by a handful of residents who regularly attend meetings and testify on multiple topics. Karen Delimater, who was removed from a County Council meeting in 2012 for going over the time limit while testifying, said the new rules are a "subterfuge" to citizens' First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and petitioning the government for redress of grievances.
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By John M. Freeman | December 23, 2003
THE ALLIANCE TO Preserve Access, a newly formed coalition led by former state Insurance Commissioner Steven B. Larsen, has proposed four reform steps for medical malpractice in Maryland. These include changes in the calculation of economic damages, a reduction of pain-and-suffering awards, a limit on attorneys' fees and a restructuring of the payout of large verdicts. I would like to propose a fifth change, one that would cost nothing either for the plaintiff or the defense and would improve the quality of the justice meted out. I propose that we require verifiable truth in the courtroom.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1995
A convicted murderer told an Anne Arundel County Circuit jury yesterday that another inmate lied on the witness stand when he said Scotland E. Williams admitted killing two Washington lawyers.Mark Anthony Wheelton told jurors that Mr. Williams "never said anything" during a conversation among inmates last June.On Friday, Carl Spoon testified that Mr. Williams had told him that he had killed Jose E. Trias, 49, and Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, for their Acura Legend.Mr. Williams, 31, of Arnold is accused of fatally shooting Mr. Trias and Ms. Gilbert in their weekend home in Winchester on the Severn on May 16. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the first-degree murder case, which is being heard before Judge Eugene M. Lerner.
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By Jules Witcover | April 9, 2004
WASHINGTON - The first question that came to mind after hearing National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the 9/11 commission is why President Bush wasted so much time putting her on the stand. Her appearance didn't satisfy all questions about his response to the 2001 terrorist attacks or get him out of the woods. But her sure-footed navigation of the commission's long interrogation showed her to be a confident and highly knowledgeable defender of his actions before and after terrorism's worst day in America.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | February 5, 1993
On the witness stand in front of a Carroll County jury yesterday, the 21-year-old alleged rape victim couldn't remember much about the night of Aug. 23.She couldn't remember what she was doing the day before, what she was talking about with two friends in the evening or whether she had watched her estranged husband in a softball game the night before.Under questioning by Assistant Public Defender Judson K. Larrimore, her answers were little more than "I don't know," "I can't remember" and "I don't recall."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1995
A convicted murderer told an Anne Arundel County Circuit jury yesterday that another inmate lied on the witness stand when he said Scotland E. Williams admitted killing two Washington lawyers.Mark Anthony Wheelton told jurors that Mr. Williams "never said anything" during a conversation among inmates last June.On Friday, Carl Spoon testified that Mr. Williams had told him he had killed Jose E. Trias, 49, and Julie Noel Gilbert, 48, for their Acura Legend. Mr. Williams, 31, of Arnold is accused of fatally shooting Mr. Trias and Ms. Gilbert in their weekend home in Winchester on the Severn on May 16. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the first-degree murder case, which is being heard before Judge Eugene M. Lerner.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
The shooting death of 12-year-old Sean Johnson as he watched basketball on his porch in 2011 stemmed from the Black Guerrilla Family gang wanting to "send a message" in his East Baltimore neighborhood after the killing of a member, prosecutors said Friday. At a pretrial hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court, prosecutors for the first time presented their theory that the killing was related to gang retaliation. Danyae Robinson, 31, and Derrick Brown, 20, face charges that include first-degree murder in the shooting, which also wounded three teenagers gathered on the porch.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Officer William S. Kern should not have been carrying the live gun he used in the accidental shooting of a recruit, a fellow instructor said in court Wednesday, challenging Kern's assertion that he needed his service weapon for security. On trial in the Feb. 12 shooting that critically wounded University of Maryland police trainee Raymond Gray, Kern claims he needed the weapon for protection during an exercise at the closed Rosewood Center in Owings Mills. Baltimore County prosecutors hope to chip away at that argument as they attempt to prove that the 18-year-veteran recklessly grabbed the wrong weapon and fired.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council has adopted new rules for its meetings, including measures to crack down on people who go off-topic when they testify. The changes were vehemently opposed by a handful of residents who regularly attend meetings and testify on multiple topics. Karen Delimater, who was removed from a County Council meeting in 2012 for going over the time limit while testifying, said the new rules are a "subterfuge" to citizens' First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and petitioning the government for redress of grievances.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 19, 2013
After months of waiting, members of Voters for Common Sense Growth, an organization opposed to the proposed rezoning of 91 acres in Maple Lawn to high-density residential, presented their case to the Howard County Council at a hearing earlier this week. "They are passionate and organized, and certainly have given us something to look at," said Council Chair Jen Terrasa following more than 90 minutes of testimony on June 17. The hearing was one of four the County Council scheduled on comprehensive zoning, a once in a decade process that allows land owners and the Department of Planning and Zoning an expedited avenue for zoning changes.
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Jacques Kelly | March 22, 2013
Baltimore has so many hidden streets and lanes, it is no surprise that a place called Crittenton Place stumped the members of the Baltimore City Planning Commission. For the better part of two hours Thursday, I listened to an urban saga about a piece of property and its aged stone buildings that tell an amazing history. It's a story that is not often told, and you need a degree in advanced urban geography to find the the street and the charity that flourished here. Setting the tone for the neighbors who mounted a defense for the old Florence Crittenton Home was Mark Thistle, who lives near the old stone house built on the side of the Jones Falls Valley in Hampden.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
A judge delivered a major blow Monday to the state's case against two men accused of fatally slashing the throats of three children nine years ago, ruling that the testimony of a key witness is inadmissible. As prosecutors try for a third time next month to convict Policarpio Espinoza Perez, 31, and Adan Canela, 26, they'll have to do so without some important evidence and witnesses they used to secure a 2006 guilty verdict that was later thrown out by Maryland's top court. Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock told the prosecution that it may not use the statements of the woman who said in the earlier trials that she drove the men from work to the crime scene.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1999
Kimberly Michelle Hricko had a scheme for killing her husband and getting away with it.The 33-year-old operating room technician from Laurel apparently honed the details for months:How she'd steal from her job at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring a vial of muscle relaxant so powerful it can stop a person's breathing within seconds.How she'd inject the poison and paralyze her 6-foot-3-inch, 245-pound husband, Stephen Michael Hricko.How she'd set fire to the Eastern Shore resort room he had booked for a romantic Valentine's weekend last year.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 22, 2005
The Baltimore County Board of Appeals will continue hearing testimony in September about the proposed expansion of a southwest Baltimore County trucking company, which would place it closer to a Lansdowne neighborhood. New England Motor Freight Co. plans to renovate and expand its terminal to accommodate 300 trucks - up from about 70 - and increase the number of trailers parked on the site from 131 to 260. The company's plan was approved by a zoning commissioner. Residents who live in the Bloomfield neighborhood object to the company's expansion.
NEWS
February 17, 2013
Letter writer Jonathan Reidy quoted my testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee out of context ("High-capacity magazines mean more stray bullets," Feb. 11). I would like to correct the record. I told the committee that magazine capacity was a matter of personal choice regarding my ability to protect myself and my family. We are currently limited to 20-round magazines in Maryland, yet only the law-abiding are likely to follow that restriction. After my testimony was complete, one of the senators asked me if I thought fully automatic weapons were OK on the street.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
I recently decided to join the other concerned residents of Maryland opposing Senate Bill 281 and its proposed ban on "assault weapons" ("Opinions differ on Md. gun controls," Feb. 7). The bill is a pandering attempt to quell fears of mass shootings by banning weapons which have not been used in these mass shootings or guns that have cosmetic features that make them "look mean," as well as a host of other meaningless restrictions. We arrived shortly after 9 a.m. and signed up to give verbal testimony at the 1 p.m. hearing.
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