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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Michael James contributed to this article | August 3, 1995
Shouting "We shall overcome!" and "We want justice!" about 125 Korean-Americans rallied in downtown Baltimore yesterday to condemn the acquittal of Davon A. Neverdon in the shooting death of one of their own.Protesters filled the 98-degree air with chants as they marched in front of Courthouse East, where a jury last week acquitted Mr. Neverdon of the 1993 slaying of Joel J. Lee, a 21-year-old Towson State University student.The Korean marchers -- and the sprinkling of African-Americans and whites who joined them -- disagreed with the jury's verdict.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Staff Writer | September 13, 1992
When a legion of former Colts took the field at halftime durin the NFL preseason game at Memorial Stadium last month, it represented a carefully orchestrated crescendo.NFL officials, scouting a site for two new teams, were there, fresh from a series of meetings and events designed to make the case for Baltimore.Observers marveled at the timing, which organizers said was part luck and part planning. Orioles tickets were selling faster than the latest Nikes, the sold-out preseason game was the only one of the year hosted by an expansion-hopeful city, and a bid in Charlotte, N.C., appeared to be foundering on financing troubles.
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By Mark Bomster and Mark Bomster,Staff Writer Staff writers Michael James and Roger Twigg contributed to this article | April 30, 1992
The verdict in the Rodney King case hit here with the force of a body blow last night.Black leaders, legal observers and people on the street -- both black and white -- were shocked by the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers in last year's beating of a black motorist, captured on a videotape.Some warned that the acquittals could tear new rifts in the nation's tattered racial fabric."I think it's a disgrace," said Lawrence A. Bell III, a black 4th District councilman in Baltimore.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | April 22, 1994
The verdict was in on Anthony Sylvester Fair: Guilty on two counts of murder. Then the clerk polled the jury, and the East Baltimore teen-ager wasn't so guilty -- at least for a while.The unusual turn of events yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court began after the first nine jurors who were polled said that they agreed with the guilty verdict. Fair's mother sobbed.The clerk then turned to Juror No. 10 and asked the usually perfunctory question: "You have heard the verdict of your forelady -- is your verdict the same as hers?"
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By MARK I. PINSKY | August 13, 1995
Many Baltimoreans were outraged when a city jury recently acquitted Davon A. Neverdon in connection with the 1993 street robbery and slaying of Joel E. Lee, a Towson State University student.The verdict sparked outrage from the victim's Korean-born parents, who blamed racism for the "not guilty" verdict.Mr. Neverdon is black, and a predominantly black jury rejected the testimony of four eyewitnesses who claimed to have watched Mr. Neverdon shoot Mr. Lee. Two other witnesses also linked Mr. Neverdon to the slaying.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2004
The post-trial discovery that one of the jurors who convicted a 33-year-old Columbia man of murder last month was not a U.S. citizen should not invalidate the verdict because there is no evidence that the juror's presence denied the defendant a "fair and impartial" trial, a Howard County prosecutor said in court papers. The juror, a resident alien from Nigeria, has said he never intended to deceive anyone and just "missed" references to citizenship on a juror questionnaire. And some courts across the country have ruled that, barring proof of prejudice, a defendant cannot challenge a juror's qualification to serve after a verdict has been returned, Senior Assistant State's Attorney Mary Murphy wrote in court papers filed Friday.
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By Meredith Schlow and Meredith Schlow,Evening Sun Staff | November 27, 1991
Just minutes after former Baltimore County Councilman Gary Huddles was acquitted of misusing campaign funds, his attorneys issued a press release.Huddles' attorneys, the release said, "left the courtroom victorious."The attorneys, Robert B. Schulman and Joshua R. Treem, were so confident of victory that they had prepared the press release before Circuit Court Judge Barbara K. Howe rendered her verdict yesterday after a two-day trial in Towson."We were correct when we originally stated that he was the victim of a vindictive, biased and ill-conceived prosecution by Stephen Montanarelli, state prosecutor," the statement read.
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January 24, 2001
OFFICER Kevon M. Gavin was fatally crushed when a Ford Bronco rammed into his patrol car at 104 miles an hour. Was it murder or vehicular manslaughter? Neither, according to a Baltimore City jury, which acquitted an 18-year-old budding career criminal named Eric D. Stennett of all charges stemming from last April's high-speed collision. This verdict has been greeted with shock and disbelief. Even Mr. Stennett's lawyer told the jury his client was not entirely innocent. "I'm not saying this young man should walk out of here," lawyer A. Dwight Pettit said, seeming to argue for conviction on a lesser charge.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1997
A bomb scare at the Carroll County courthouse yesterday didn't stop a jury from deliberating the case of a Sykesville woman accused of child abuse and battery.The jury of nine women and three men moved to a nearby church for about 90 minutes and returned to Carroll County Circuit Court with a verdict, finding the 44-year-old woman guilty of battery, but not guilty of child abuse.The woman, who is not being named to protect the privacy of the victim, was accused of kicking a child, now 9 years old, and beating him with a belt on two occasions early last year.
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By Peter A. Jay | September 28, 1995
HAVRE DE GRACE -- Most foresighted communities are already getting ready for the riots that will follow the verdict in the O. J. Simpson trial, and ours is no exception.Proper preparation takes a lot of planning. Obviously, the nature of the Simpson verdict will determine who riots, and where, so because the verdict isn't in yet a lot of contingencies have to be anticipated. But thanks to a spirit of goodwill and democratic cooperation among the prospective rioters, we think we have our local bases covered.
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