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April 3, 2005
PRINCE GEORGE'S County Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. needs to stop thinking like a defense attorney. He's made his point that the Ehrlich administration's bill to address witness intimidation infringes on a defendant's right to cross-examine a witness. But supporters of the measure are willing to compromise on the kinds of statements that can be used at trial without the presence of the witness. Why? Because lives and the integrity of the criminal justice system are at stake. It's that simple.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | May 15, 2009
Barely 24 hours into the witness murder trial of three defendants accused of drug conspiracy and multiple killings, a federal prosecutor revealed that a woman scheduled to testify Thursday had been intimidated at her job by two men in the courtroom audience. Her daughter's car windows were also smashed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame Manley told the judge. If true, it's a brazen example of one of law enforcement's most vexing issues: violent threats and actions toward witnesses. It's a frequent occurrence in state courts.
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August 23, 2006
Hancock's Resolution served as the backdrop for the fourth annual Hancock's Resolution War of 1812 Re-enactment Weekend in Pasadena. Accord ing to the property's Web site, the 18th-century farm has some "of the few existing stone buildings of that period in Anne Arundel County."
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
The slaying of a key witness in the Tauris Johnson murder case has sparked fear and outrage in an East Baltimore neighborhood where many residents already are mistrustful of the criminal justice system.The witness, Latisha Regina Murphy, 34, was shot twice in the face at close range about 5:30 p.m. Saturday after leaving her Crystal Avenue home.Police say Ms. Murphy was a witness to Tauris' slaying on Nov. 4 and was expected to testify against Nathaniel Dawson, 24, of New York City, who is charged in the case.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | April 16, 2008
Baltimore prosecutors dropped murder charges yesterday against a man accused in a fatal shooting in East Baltimore, saying a trial might interfere with his pending federal trial on charges that he ordered the killing of a witness in the case. Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Banks told a Circuit Court judge that her office would not pursue the case against Patrick Byers -accused of killing Larry Haynes on March 4, 2006 - "in deference to federal prosecutors." Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, said in a statement that state law sets a "high threshold" for introducing at trial statements the witness, Carl Stanley Lackl, made before he was killed.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | August 8, 1995
The son of a man who is on trial in a child sex abuse case unexpectedly tossed his support from the defense to the prosecution yesterday by recanting his prepared testimony and confessing his involvement in the molestation of two Gamber children."
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
A woman came face to face Monday with the man who paid a gang hit man to murder her son, as a federal judge sentenced Jose Morales to life in prison. As Grace Bouvier spoke of how her granddaughter was left without a father, Morales, convicted in October in the murder Robert Long, thrust his darkly bearded chin in the air and watched her talk. "I don't know why Mr. Morales had my son murdered," Bouvier said, cutting short her comments after being overcome by emotion. It had been a long journey for Bouvier, who sat through a state trial in which jurors wrongly convicted another man of killing Long in a fight over drugs.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | August 8, 2008
The defense attorney in a Baltimore murder trial is accused of visiting the prosecution's main witness in jail over the weekend and trying to convince him to change his story, allegedly by asking him, "How does it feel to be a snitch? You know what happens to people when they snitch? They leave jail in a box." Leslie Stein, 65, a defense attorney for 28 years, spent more than an hour on the witness stand yesterday as prosecutors sought to have him removed from the case - and to introduce evidence of his alleged threats against the witness in the murder trial.
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By JULIE BYKOWICZ and JULIE BYKOWICZ,SUN REPORTER | April 6, 2006
Theodore Ross was shot to death at a party thrown in honor of another Baltimore murder victim. But some partygoers told police that the shooters got the wrong man. They said Victor Richards might have been the intended target that night. Then, in the middle of the trial for Ross' homicide, which ended yesterday, Richards was shot to death. It's unclear whether the death of Richards, whose name was mentioned throughout the trial and who was listed as a potential witness, was linked to the 2005 killing of Ross.
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