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Top 5: ‘It was a case that should never have gone to trial’ (access required)

After insisting that he was a victim of police retaliation, West Baltimore boxer Deon Johnson had his attempted murder case dropped this week on the morning of the trial. That story and more in this week's legal affairs top 5. 1. Suit against HarborView stays in court - by Brendan Kearney In the latest development in litigation between residents in Baltimore’s HarborView tower and the property’s condominium association, a city judge has ruled that penthouse owner Paul C. Clark’s fraud lawsuit over mold and leaks in the building should be heard in court, not in arbitration. Deciding a matter of first impression, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge John A. Howard ruled the dispute resolution provision of the condo association’s bylaws does not apply to Clark’s claims because his allegations pertain to a resale certification — that averred no building or health code violations — provided to him before the purchase. Howard bought the 27th-floor dwelling for $1.15 million from John Erickson, founder of the retirement communities that bear his name, in October 2009. 2. State drops charges against teen boxer Deon Johnson, co-defendant - by Brendan Kearney Deon Johnson, the West Baltimore boxer who claims his Olympic dreams were derailed two years ago when Baltimore police officers knocked him off a dirt bike, won perhaps the biggest bout of his life Monday when the attempted murder case against him was dropped on the morning of trial. “That means there’s still some very violent people out there in the community that the law enforcement authorities have yet to remove,” said J. Wyndal Gordon, Johnson’s attorney, after the brief proceeding that ended the case in Baltimore City Circuit Court. “But Deon Johnson was not, is not and never has been one of them.”