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Top 5: ‘I never laid a hand on her’

Here’s a look at the Top 5 law stories from The Daily Record’s staff this week.

1. Cardiologist sues St. Joseph Medical for fraud – by Danny Jacobs

Stephen L. Snyder might normally be one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers suing the former St. Joseph Medical Center cardiologist accused of implanting unnecessary stents in hundreds of patients.

But on Thursday, he filed a $60 million lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Mark G. Midei, accusing the hospital of pursing “an epic campaign of corporate deception, trickery and fraud” resulting in his “complete destruction.”

2. Maryland Court of Appeals adopts new foreclosure rule – by Steve Lash

Maryland’s highest court on Tuesday approved an emergency rule designed to identify and weed out irregularities in the mortgage foreclosure process.

The new rule, which takes effect immediately, allows circuit courts to appoint independent lawyers to review foreclosure documents for problems. If a problem with the lender’s paperwork is detected, it has 30 days to show — at its own expense — why the foreclosure should not be dismissed.

3. Jury delivers defense verdict in cop-on-cop killing – by Brendan Kearney

A Baltimore jury deliberated only a few hours this week before deciding Officer John Torres acted reasonably when he shot and killed Norman Stamp, a fellow member of the Baltimore Police Department who was out with his biker brothers when a brawl erupted at an East Baltimore strip club.

Speaking Thursday morning shortly after delivering their verdict, jurors said none of the officers involved in the April 24, 2008 incident behaved perfectly, but that Stamp’s failure to identify himself as an officer and play peacemaker led to the well-liked 44-year veteran’s death.

4. Siblings awarded $4.6M lead paint verdict – by Steve Lash (*Subscription required)

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury Thursday awarded a total of more than $4.6 million in damages to two young adults who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of lead poisoning.

The siblings ingested lead as children while residing in homes managed by the city’s housing authority.

5. Tetso testifies, denies ever harming his wife – by Danny Jacobs

Baltimore County jurors who will decide the fate of Dennis Tetso saw two sides of the murder defendant Monday.

In the morning, Tetso himself took the witness stand, denying in his soft baritone voice that he ever physically harmed his wife, Tracey Gardner-Tetso, who has not been seen or heard from since March 6, 2005.

“No, I never laid a hand on her. Never touched her,” he said. “I don’t believe in that.”

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