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Top 5: ‘He betrayed people who trusted him’

Judicial applicants and guilty pleas dominated the most-read legal affairs stories of the week. The names of those applying for seats on the Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals were announced, while a former bank vice president and nonprofit official pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million combined. Here are the Top 5. 1. Eight apply for Court of Appeals vacancy - by Danny Jacobs Eight people have applied for a seat on the Court of Appeals that will be left vacant when Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. retires later this year. The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will interview all of the candidates and meet Nov. 1 to decide which applicants will be forwarded to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will choose Murphy’s successor. Murphy sits on the state’s highest court from the 2nd Appellate Circuit, which includes Baltimore and Harford counties. 2. Bank VP admits stealing from trust fund, annuity - by Andy Marso A former vice president of Baltimore-based Harbor Financial Services Inc. admitted he stole more than $800,000 from the trust fund of a child with cerebral palsy and the annuity of an 85-year-old dementia sufferer. Ralph Edward Thomas Jr., who was also employed by Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, pleaded guilty to mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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