July 17, 2013
The Trayvon Martin verdict was a travesty of justice of humongous proportions ("Martin verdict fires debates," July 14). A young, innocent black teenager was profiled, stalked by a cold-blooded racist murderer who killed him and got away with it. Those jurors in Florida should be ashamed of themselves. This is a sad day in America. Gregory B. Perkins, Baltimore The writer is pastor of Saint Paul Community Baptist Church.
Staff Reports | May 30, 2014
A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of a Glen Burnie man. Victor Harper was found guilty Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court of fatally shooting Ray Collignon during a confrontation at a Glen Burnie home, according to the county State's Attorney Office.  According to a release from the State's Attorney's Office, Collignon had moved out of the Glen Burnie house but in 2011 returned...
August 6, 2010
A Kentucky woman was convicted Thursday of demanding millions of dollars from Rick Pitino to keep secret their one-night stand in a restaurant, then claiming the Louisville basketball coach raped her after he reported the extortion. Karen Cunagin Sypher, 50, was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness. She stared at the ceiling as the verdict was read. The case involved a 2003 sexual encounter between Pitino and Sypher, who later married and divorced longtime Pitino aide Tim Sypher, at a table inside a restaurant closed for the night.
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
The fate of the Baltimore area's last drive-in theater continued to play out in the courts Monday, as the owner of Bengies Drive-In appeared before a three-judge panel in Annapolis. He asked them to reinstate an $838,000 jury award to pay for a wall shielding the property from the lights of a nearby convenience store. The jury had found in favor of Bengies owner D. Edward Vogel in June 2012, agreeing that lights on the Royal Farms store's property were visible from the Middle River drive-in and interfered with its business - and with plans to add a second screen to the complex.
July 23, 2013
Letter writer Jerome Shapiro seems to have a very confused picture of what common sense suggests in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case ("Zimmerman jury ignored common sense," July 19). His common sense take would lead to the conclusion that Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin because he set out to do so, not because he felt threatened for his life. Had he indeed set out to kill Mr. Martin, one cannot escape believing that he would have had his gun drawn before the physical encounter.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
A group of Baltimore activists is planning a demonstration in McKeldin Square after the jury returns a verdict in the trial of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who is accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin. The Baltimore People's Power Assembly is calling on people to meet at the corners of Pratt and Light streets in central Baltimore when a verdict comes back, according to a Facebook page announcing the protest. "It's important that the powers that be know how people feel and the outrage if he is acquitted or found not guilty," said organizer Steven Ceci.
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
Baltimore's police commissioner and several African-American religious leaders joined together Saturday night to urge residents to express their reaction peacefully after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. "This is not the time for us to erupt in violence," said the Rev. Walter Thomas of New Psalmist Baptist Church. Commissioner Anthony W. Batts urged people to react "in a very peaceful way. " He said the department had made "preparations" for the verdict but did not elaborate.
December 24, 1993
Michael Jackson's plea Wednesday that he is innocent of allegations of child sexual abuse spurred several hundred calls to The Sun from readers voicing their opinions about his guilt or innocence. The "verdict" tilted toward innocent, but the informal polling was close.The Sun asked readers yesterday to dial one of two Sundial extensions to indicate whether they believed the performer is innocent or guilty. As of 5 p.m., 182 said guilty and 140 said innocent.In addition, 2,051 readers had called Sundial to hear the tape recording of Mr. Jackson's statement, which he read in a live television address from his Neverland Ranch in California.
By Luke Broadwater | July 9, 2011
It's sometimes amazing how some Republicans blame everything wrong on President Obama, but some Democrats are just as guilty of such behavior. Case in point: Liberal comedian Bill Maher last night on HBO inexplicably linked the Casey Anthony acquittal to "Republican thinking," arguing that the same thinking that leads people to vote for Republicans also leads people to acquit those Maher believes are guilty of murder.  Apparently, according to Maher, if people didn't think like Republicans, Anthony would be remaining behind bars for a long time.  "And before you accuse me of equating the Casey Anthony verdict with Republican thinking, save your breath.
July 9, 2010
It was with great relief that I read your article ("Woman found guilty of killing husband," July 9) about the verdict in the Mary Koontz trial. As a licensed clinical professional counselor and as a concerned citizen, I have been increasingly appalled by the use and abuse of mental health diagnoses to explain or justify anti-social behaviors. First, help in the form of psychotherapy and medications is more widely and readily available now in our country than at any time previously.
Dan Rodricks | January 19, 2014
Two years after someone fired 18 bullets into his body, we finally know the reason Gregory McFadden died such a brutal death at the age of 27 in West Baltimore. He turned his back on a guy. It was disrespect, a malady that inflames the male ego and makes young men do terrible things. Disrespect has been around for centuries, of course, but its consequences have been particularly lethal in the age of the high-powered handgun. Killing someone because he disrespected you is a phenomenon that no amount of police power or community vigilance can seem to stop.
By Richard E. Vatz | December 18, 2013
The story is causing national outrage: In Texas, a drunk driving 16-year-old named Ethan Couch (who had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit for an adult) killed four people and seriously injured two others with his Ford F-350 pickup truck. Mr. Couch pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years probation and treatment by State District Judge Jean Boyd, who accepted the defense argument that the teen was suffering from "Affluenza.
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
A Baltimore County judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the latest malpractice case against former cardiologist Mark Midei and the former owners of St. Joseph Medical Center after jurors failed to agree on how much the plaintiff deserved in damages. The decision came after four days of tense deliberation among jurors who listened to six weeks of proceedings in the case. Baltimore developer Glenn Weinberg alleged that he scaled back his career and lost millions of dollars after the cardiologist wrongly led him to believe that he suffered from severe coronary artery disease and placed unnecessary stents in his heart.
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
A federal jury in Greenbelt convicted a Baltimore contractor on Wednesday of ordering the killing of a witness against him in a series of theft cases, rendering a swift verdict after a man wrongfully convicted of the death was cleared. Prosecutors said contractor Jose Morales coordinated by phone with the gunman who shot Robert Long, an employee at Morales' construction company, twice in the head at close range in March 2008. Baltimore police had arrested Demetrius Smith on the theory that he and Long had a dispute over drugs.
August 2, 2013
I advocate for a boycott of rapper and record producer Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, for their irresponsible impact on modern culture. Jay-Z's music is violent, racist and reinforces an attitude of aggression and victimization to the black community. His ill-considered reactions to the George Zimmerman verdict are obvious evidence that he does not deserve his public position of influence. In my opinion both he and his wife practice a subtle form of racism - happy to take the money of white people but advocating in their music and comments that white people are inherently racist and dangerous to the black community.