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Top 5: ‘…floating a trial balloon which we felt compelled to pop’

Paul E. Schurick was found guilty in the election robocall case this week, and a UMUC professor won a large settlement in a discrimination case. Those stories and more in this week’s legal affairs top 5.

1. Jury finds Schurick guilty on all 4 counts – by Steve Lash

A Baltimore jury convicted Paul E. Schurick on conspiring and attempting to sabotage Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s re-election last fall with Election Day 2010 robocalls telling Democrats in the city and Prince George’s County that victory was at hand and they did not have to go to the polls.

Schurick, 55, faces up to 12 years in prison on the four counts. Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill set sentencing for Feb. 16 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

2. UMUC professor gets $430K settlement in discrimination case – by Danielle Ulman

Maryland’s Board of Estimates approved a $430,000 settlement Wednesday with a man who said his supervisors at the University of Maryland University College discriminated against him because of his heritage.

The school, which is the branch of the University System of Maryland catering to adult learners, settled with Motee Persaud during mediation on Sept. 13. The settlement was unanimously approved Wednesday by the board, which comprises Gov. Martin O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

3. Pikesville lawyer representing Sandusky victim slams accused molestor’s lawyer – by Ben Mook

Pikesville lawyer Howard A. Janet, recently hired to represent “Victim 6” in the criminal sex abuse case against ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, blasted comments made by the accused molester’s lawyer on Friday about alleged victims in a newspaper report.

Janet, with Janet, Jenner & Suggs LLC, represents a man who claims he was bear-hugged by Sandusky while showering with him in 1998. Janet said he felt compelled to speak out Friday following an interview of Sandusky’s lawyer, Joseph Amendola, in the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News in which Amendola said four of the eight alleged victims had friendly contact with Sandusky.

4. Anderson joins Ballard Spahr as an associate – by Wayne Countryman

Sharifa A. Anderson has joined the Baltimore office of Ballard Spahr as an associate in the public finance department and a member of the housing group.

Anderson most recently was a legal honors clerk and attorney advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she primarily served as program counsel for Ginnie Mae and provided guidance on matters related to issuing and servicing guaranteed mortgage-backed securities.

5. Curlett, Levin join forces to form firm specializing in criminal defense – by Danielle Ulman

Two weeks ago, Charles N. “Chad” Curlett Jr. moved offices and started a new business. By Tuesday, he is expecting the birth of his third child.

Curlett, 40, a lawyer who started a partnership with attorney Steven Levin on Nov. 21, is used to this kind of chaos.