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Top 5: ‘This is a case for justice, not money’

A disbarred Maryland lawyer is fighting to get her license back, and a Baltimore City judge “axed” a lawsuit filed by an entrepreneur who sought to halt tree clearing for the Baltimore Grand Prix. Those stories and more in this week’s legal affairs top 5.

1. Disbarred lawyer vows to keep on fighting for reinstatement – by Steve Lash

Calling the Attorney Grievance Commission unjust, a disbarred Maryland lawyer said she will pursue, to the Supreme Court if necessary, her bid to get her license back and collect damages from the assistant bar counsel she alleges lied at each stage of the proceedings.

Hekyong Pak pledged to take her case “as far as it goes” after Judge Richard D. Bennett dismissed her lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

2. GPS tracking limited in serving arrest warrants – by Ben Mook

The government cannot use the GPS in a suspect’s cell phone to find him and serve an arrest warrant unless it can show that he is a fugitive, a federal magistrate in Baltimore has held.

The 139-page opinion by Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey comes more than a year after investigators applied for a warrant in U.S. District Court to use the suspect’s cell phone against him.

3. Judge axes suit over tree-clearing for Baltimore Grand Prix – by Ben Mook

A Baltimore entrepreneur’s effort to halt tree-clearing as part of the set-up for the city’s Grand Prix event in September came to an end Monday, when a judge ruled he did not have standing to seek an injunction against the city.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon dismissed the case filed by David C. Troy against the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. Cannon also denied the temporary restraining order Troy sought.

4. 11 seek seat on Montgomery Co. Circuit Court – by Steve Lash

Four Maryland District Court judges, a master, and six lawyers — including the spouse of a Court of Appeals judge and the daughter of a former cabinet member — have applied for a seat on the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Judges J. Michael Conroy Jr., Gary G. Everngam, James B. Sarsfield and William G. Simmons are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Durke G. Thompson. So is Joan E. Ryon, a master in the circuit court’s Family Division.

5. City worker’s harassment suit revived – by Ben Mook

A federal judge should not have dismissed a sexual harassment complaint against the city of Baltimore and the former head of the Baltimore Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.

The decision revives a lawsuit filed in 2006 by Katrina Okoli, who claimed she was forcibly kissed, fondled and subjected to innuendo and stories about her boss’s sexual fantasies over the course of several months, then fired hours after she made a formal complaint to then-Mayor Martin O’Malley.