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By Baltimore Sun reporter | October 8, 2010
The jury has returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Jerome Williams, 17, and Charles McGaney, 22, two of three men who were on trial for the murder of former Baltimore City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris. A third defendant, Gary Collins, 22, was found not guilty of murder, but was found guilty of assault and weapons charges. More to come...
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The trial for the man who authorities alleged abducted his daughter after killing her mother has been postponed until next spring, his lawyer said Thursday. Timothy Virts, 38, faces first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. His trial had been scheduled for next week, but his defense attorney sought a delay as Virts undergoes mental evaluation. Virts is accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez in their Dundalk home, then abducting their 11-year-old daughter, sparking a multi-state manhunt that ended when the father and daughter were found in South Carolina.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2011
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit over mold in one of the ritzy Harborview condos can proceed to trial. Paul C. Clark, who bought a penthouse at the Inner Harbor complex for more than $1.1 million in 2009, is suing Zalco Realty and the 100 Harborview Drive Council of Unit Owners for $5 million. He contends that the defendants knew of water and mold problems before his purchase but issued him a "resale certification" that stated they were aware of no building or health code violations.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Forty health care workers in Mali are receiving a vaccine that could guard against the Ebola virus as a University of Maryland School of Medicine center launches the first human trials of the experimental vaccine. One person received the vaccine Wednesday, two more were expected to receive it Thursday and dozens more are scheduled to follow in the coming weeks. The inoculation was developed at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda using an inert virus that is coated in an Ebola protein, so the body builds immunity to the deadly virus.
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August 12, 2010
President Barack Obama came into office pledging to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba and to try terrorist suspects in U.S. courts rather than in military tribunals overseas. Yet, a year and a half into his presidency, Mr. Obama still has not succeeded in closing the facility, and the first trial of a terrorist suspect opened there this week before a military tribunal. That trial is rightly being closely watched now as a bellwether of how the Obama administration plans to deal with the thicket of political, legal and ethical issues raised by the Guantanamo facility's role in the war on terror.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2011
The manslaughter and carjacking trial of Charles Johnson III, who's accused of killing three Baltimore teens in a car crash last year after blowing through a red light in a stolen vehicle, was postponed Friday until Oct. 3. Assistant Public Defender Jane E. McGough requested the delay so she could arrange for an independent evaluation of Johnson's mental health records. The 20-year-old has already been found competent to stand trial by state evaluators, but McGough said she wants an outside opinion.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
A group of journalists and freedom of information campaigners are suing in federal court in Baltimore to get greater access to proceedings in the military trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning who is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents. The suit was brought by Julian Assange, the organizer behind WikiLeaks, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, The Nation opinion journal and other organizations. It asks for access to filings in the case, orders of the court and transcripts or audio recordings of the proceedings.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
The criminal trial of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, was rescheduled Friday for January, after his defense attorney said this week that more time is needed to gather information on how other elected officials in Maryland use their security teams. The two-week trial on charges that the Republican county executive, in the midst of his second term, used his police protection detail for personal and political gain, is now set to begin Jan. 16. This was the second trial postponement.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
The trial for the twin brothers accused of setting a dog on fire so badly in 2009 that she later had to be euthanized has been postponed until at least July 26. Administrative proceedings for the re-trial of brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson were set to begin Wednesday but were instead pushed back more than two months. The re-trial comes after a first trial for the Johnson brothers ended in a hung jury in February, with 11 jurors believing the brothers set the dog, later nicknamed "Phoenix" on fire, while one juror was unconvinced by the prosecution's case.
NEWS
January 12, 2010
The murder trial of three men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris was postponed Monday because one defense attorney is in trial with another client and a second lawyer needs more time to investigate the case. The state also needs time to respond to a defense motion, filed by Jason Silverstein on Christmas Eve, seeking to throw out certain DNA evidence as illegally obtained. The new trial date for defendants Charles McGaney and Gary Collins, both 21, and Jerome Williams, 17, is April 30. The three young men are accused of fatally shooting Harris in the early morning of Sept.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Milton K. "King" Hill Jr., a well-known Baltimore trial attorney who enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay and Magothy River, died Sunday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 87. "What a great guy. I started my career with him when I worked as a summer law clerk for Smith, Somerville and Case, which in those days in the 1970s was a top-notch trial law firm," said U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. "I owe my career to King Hill. He got me into the courtroom early, and I was very fortunate to work with him. " "He epitomized a trial lawyer," said Ann Barbara Spicer, who worked with Mr. Hill at Smith, Somerville and Case after she joined the firm in 1965 as a young lawyer.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A Baltimore County man accused of abducting his daughter after allegedly killing the girl's mother needs further mental evaluation, according to his attorney, who is seeking to postpone his client's trial. Timothy Virts, 38, is charged in the March killing of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, and the abduction of their 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn. Authorities in multiple states searched for the father and daughter in a high-profile pursuit before the pair were recognized in South Carolina by a motel owner who had seen an Amber Alert on Facebook.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
Late last year, medical device maker Zimmer Holdings Inc. made two large payments to Dr. Andrew N. Pollak, chair of the University of Maryland Medical System's orthopedics department. The payments, one for $47,225 and the other for $45,902, were royalties paid to Pollak for work he did at Maryland Shock Trauma Center starting seven years ago in helping develop a clamp known as a fixator that could hold trauma patient's broken bones straight until they were ready for surgical repair.
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A federal judge ruled this week that owners of multiple Harford County properties - where portions of a 21-mile underground gas pipeline are being installed under an eminent domain claim - cannot fully access funds set aside by the gas company as a form of collateral until a final determination is made at trial on compensation. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC was granted access to the properties in June to begin installing a back-up gas line between Owings Mills and Fallston under condition that it file a cash bond payment of $231,675 to the court, according to court records.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County judge ruled Monday that a man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial. Circuit Court Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski called for the additional evaluations of Jeffrey Shiflett last week after his attorneys argued that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings, nor assist his council in his defense. Shiflett was evaluated by an mental health expert Monday morning. Shiflett has previously undergone two evaluations before the trial that allowed the case to proceed but his attorneys said his recent outbursts, sometimes obscene or threatening, show his condition has deteriorated.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County jury found an Anne Arundel County man guilty Monday in the fatal stabbing of a woman he once dated. Jeffrey Shiflett, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder and related offenses in an attack in which he walked into Katie Hadel's Garrison apartment carrying a long knife and stabbed her nearly 30 times in front of her 2-year-old daughter. Hadel was under police protection at the time of her death after years of harassment and threats from Shiflett. As the verdict was read, Hadel's mother had tears in her eyes.
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March 24, 2010
A former real estate agent charged with defrauding friends by claiming she had cancer was granted a trial postponement Tuesday. Dina Perouty-Leone, 37, was indicted in November on theft and conspiracy counts in connection with her fundraising to treat a terminal illness that, as it turned out, she did not have. Her trial was to have begun Tuesday before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder. Attorney Christopher B. Luber told the judge that he had only recently been retained by Perouty-Leone and had not had time to prepare his case.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County judge ruled Monday that a man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial. Circuit Court Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski called for the additional evaluations of Jeffrey Shiflett last week after his attorneys argued that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings, nor assist his council in his defense. Shiflett was evaluated by an mental health expert Monday morning. Shiflett has previously undergone two evaluations before the trial that allowed the case to proceed but his attorneys said his recent outbursts, sometimes obscene or threatening, show his condition has deteriorated.
NEWS
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 Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in 2013 was unable to attend his own trial in Baltimore County Tuesday after he refused to wear a stun cuff. Jeffrey Matthew Shiflett, 35, charged with murdering Katie Hadel, 33, missed opening statements after Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ordered that he wear an ankle bracelet that can deliver an electric shock. Jakubowski made the order after Shiflett screamed the judge's first name repeatedly and attempted to enter her chambers as he was being escorted to the courtroom before the trial.
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