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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein hosted a summit Tuesday about witness intimidation where police, prosecutors and witness assistance providers could discuss the best ways to protect and support victims and witnesses of crime. "Violent retaliation against victims, witnesses, and informants threatens the very fabric of our criminal justice system and our communities," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings in a statement before the summit. Cummings was the event's keynote speaker.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
An Annapolis woman has been charged with witness intimidation related to an attempted murder case involving the mayor's cousin. Stacie E. Roberts, 33, was charged Tuesday with threatening to harm a witness, soliciting someone to harm a witness and obstructing justice, according to charging documents. Anne Arundel Police said in charging documents that a confidential informant was contacted by Roberts, who wanted to harm a witness in the case against Savvas Pantelides. Roberts is Pantelides' girlfriend, police said.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
An Annapolis woman has been charged with witness intimidation related to an attempted murder case involving the mayor's cousin. Stacie E. Roberts, 33, was charged Tuesday with threatening to harm a witness, soliciting someone to harm a witness and obstructing justice, according to charging documents. Anne Arundel Police said in charging documents that a confidential informant was contacted by Roberts, who wanted to harm a witness in the case against Savvas Pantelides. Roberts is Pantelides' girlfriend, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
It was Halloween in Baltimore Highlands when Sterlin Corday Matthews donned a "Hellraiser" mask and went out with his friends. Before he returned home, one teen trick-or-treater had been shot to death and two others wounded. Jurors in Baltimore County took less than an hour Thursday to find Matthews, 19, guilty in the 2010 killing of Dequan Burks. The second-degree murder verdict came despite the fact that prosecutors had no gun to present in a case marked by uncooperative witnesses, who reluctantly identified the costumed shooter by his long braids and voice.
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December 9, 2004
CARMELO Anthony's cameo appearance on a bootleg DVD caught everyone by surprise: There he is, Baltimore's NBA star, laughing with his homeboys in a video ominously titled Stop Snitching. Mr. Anthony's bit is a mere six minutes of a two-hour rant by drug dealers who warn that the payback for snitches is a bullet in the head. The 20-year-old basketball player insists he had no idea that he was appearing in anything other than a homeboy's home movie. But he has neither protested the disturbing contents of the video nor decried the misuse of his image.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2010
The star and co-producer of the "Stop Snitching" videos — a man who came to symbolize Baltimore's violent street scene and a culture that threatens witnesses who cooperate with police — was sentenced Friday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Removing Ronnie Thomas, better known as "Skinny Suge," from city streets ends a years-long drama in which his popular underground DVDs flouted authority with obscene anti-police rants showing "corner boys" taunting police and waving guns — practically daring officers to confront them.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | February 17, 2006
One of the first people in Baltimore charged under the state's new witness intimidation law pleaded guilty yesterday to obstruction of justice. Clyde Meadows, 26, agreed to testify against Amanda Johnson, who also is charged with witness intimidation, in exchange for a sentence of three years of supervised probation. Meadows could have faced up to 20 years in prison because of increased penalties for witness intimidation that went into effect Oct. 1. Meadows and Johnson both are accused of threatening the father of a teenager who says he witnessed a shooting in Remington.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2005
Saying another witness to a crime was gunned down on the streets of Baltimore this week, State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy joined Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday to intensify their push for the House of Delegates to approve a witness-intimidation bill this year. The bill, a key piece of Ehrlich's legislative agenda this year, would increase penalties for witness intimidation and, in some cases, allow courts to admit testimony from witnesses who do not appear in court. But the proposal is stuck in the House Judiciary Committee, where the chairman, Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., has refused to allow a vote.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | October 20, 2005
The girlfriend of a defendant in an attempted-murder case knocked on the door of a teenage witness and, according to police, delivered this message to his father: The boy is going to "get it" for "snitching on my family." A day later, police said, the brother of a co-defendant in the case stopped the witness' father in a neighborhood store and said that if the boy "thinks he's going to show up in court, he'll be dead before that." Amanda Johnson, 23, and Clyde Meadows, 26, are the first in Baltimore to be charged under a revised law that went into effect this month.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1997
Without offering any public explanation, federal prosecutors have dismissed witness intimidation charges against convicted drug money launderer and Glenwood developer Philip Manglitz.Court records on file in U.S. District Court in Baltimore show prosecutors decided not to go forward with the case about two weeks ago. The records gave no indication of the reason.Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Kay -- the lead prosecutor who was criticized by the federal judge hearing Manglitz's drug case -- declined comment.
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By Justin Fenton | January 17, 2012
Three men have been charged by city sheriff's deputies with witness intimidation for allegedly threatening a probation agent in the downtown Circuit Courthouse.  Capt. Sam Cogen, of the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, said the Lionel Lynch, 21, Jerrell Randle, 19, and Terrell Randle, 19, face four counts each of witness intimidation for following a probation agent through the courthouse on Nov. 17 after he testified at a man's violation of probation hearing.  "Included in the threats were direct statements that they would seriously harm the Agent and they would go to the Agent's home and work location," Cogen said in a statement.  Cogen said investigators identified the suspects through the use of closed-circuit television cameras.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein hosted a summit Tuesday about witness intimidation where police, prosecutors and witness assistance providers could discuss the best ways to protect and support victims and witnesses of crime. "Violent retaliation against victims, witnesses, and informants threatens the very fabric of our criminal justice system and our communities," said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings in a statement before the summit. Cummings was the event's keynote speaker.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2011
The boyfriend of a woman who was found fatally shot along with her 4-year-old daughter in a Parkville apartment has been arrested in the killings. Brian Lamont Eggleston Jr., 28, was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Alicia Avery, 25, and her daughter, Darry'el, whose bodies were found Monday afternoon. Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson said detectives suspected by early Tuesday that the slayings were the result of a domestic dispute.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2010
The star and co-producer of the "Stop Snitching" videos — a man who came to symbolize Baltimore's violent street scene and a culture that threatens witnesses who cooperate with police — was sentenced Friday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Removing Ronnie Thomas, better known as "Skinny Suge," from city streets ends a years-long drama in which his popular underground DVDs flouted authority with obscene anti-police rants showing "corner boys" taunting police and waving guns — practically daring officers to confront them.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2010
A man found stabbed to death this month in Northeast Baltimore was set to be a witness in a murder trial, and police say his 23-year-old attacker had accused him of being a "rat" who was cooperating with law enforcement. Michael Pryor, 32, was found unresponsive on a porch in the 2800 block of Harford Road in the early morning of May 15. Witnesses said that after confronting Pryor, 23-year-old David Caldwell snatched a knife from Pryor and stabbed him in the chest, according to charging documents.
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By Justin Fenton and Brent Jones and Baltimore Sun reporters | April 2, 2010
The teenager who prosecutors say mistakenly shot a 5-year-old girl after a Baltimore street fight last summer could not have pulled the trigger, the suspect's attorney said in opening statements Thursday, because his ankle-monitoring device showed he was home at the time of the shooting. Defense attorney Linwood Hedgepeth acknowledged to a city jury that logs show his client, 17-year-old Lamont Davis, was "frequently" in violation of his home monitoring. But he said records show that Davis remained at his Baltimore home from shortly after noon until about 5 p.m. on the day Raven Wyatt was wounded.
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By JUSTIN FENTON and JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER | March 30, 2006
As Darrell Levon Miller testified Tuesday about his involvement in a drug-running gang and the killing of a 37-year-old father of nine, a young man slipped into the courtroom and sat in the front row. His long black T-shirt was inscribed with the words, "Get Down or Lay Down," and depicted images of guns. Two other men lingered outside, where Miller's father heard one say, "We should've popped Darrell when we had the chance." When Judge Thomas E. Marshall learned of the situation, he quickly called a recess and had security guards tell the men to leave the building.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2005
The woman in the light-green blazer, shaking and holding back tears, told a panel of senators yesterday that witness intimidation is "like a nightmare." "We've suffered," she said on behalf of her Baltimore family. "We're still suffering." Calling herself "Mrs. T" because she fears for the safety of her family, the woman is a relative of a little girl who came to court on her 11th birthday to identify a man as her father's killer. Tashiera Peterson testified even though the defendant had asked a cellmate to kill the little girl and her mother, prosecutors said.
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March 5, 2010
A 20-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty Thursday to armed robbery and a separate witness intimidation charge for threatening an officer in connection with the 2008 killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris. According to charging documents, Christopher Kemp approached the officer at the Northwood Shopping Center last year and said he would "deal" with him and his family if Kemp found out the officer provided information on his cousin, Gary Collins, who is charged along with two others in the killing.
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By Peter Hermann | October 23, 2009
Ranking the Baltimore area's top 10 crime stories of the past two decades is a daunting task, and this list is far from complete. I tried to choose stories that fit certain categories - the most heinous, for example - or ones that can speak to broader themes, such as witness intimidation. I agonized over ones that dropped off the list, but more details on these crimes and others that didn't make the cut can be found on my blog. Dontay Carter kidnapped two downtown businessmen in 1992, killed one and later escaped custody by leaping out of a second-floor courthouse window, sparking a sweeping manhunt.
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