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Author Archives: Brendan Kearney

Accused officer’s lawyers ask judge to decide murder case

After spending most of Tuesday deciding what evidence could be part of the first-degree murder trial of Baltimore police officer Gahiji Tshamba, Judge Edward R.K. Hargadon learned that he, not a jury, would also be deciding the ultimate evidentiary question: ...

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City jury awards $3.8M to family of man who died of breast cancer

In a case the plaintiffs’ attorneys say exposes the human cost of managed care, a Baltimore jury has awarded more than $3.8 million to the family of a Catonsville electronics technician after finding his doctor’s negligence contributed to his death ...

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Bealefeld: Training, leadership can cut settlement losses

Facing tough questions about the cost of police misconduct litigation at a Baltimore City Council budget hearing Tuesday afternoon, Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III suggested the department’s “unprecedented” and “unparalleled” training programs coupled with discipline for wayward officers is ...

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Baltimore paying the price for police mistakes

Payouts in police-related litigation cost the taxpayers of Baltimore more than $16.8 million from July 2004 through the beginning of March 2011, according to figures released to The Daily Record last week. In addition to citizen run-ins with police, the ...

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CJCC gets Baltimore courthouse renovation study

The latest plan to upgrade Baltimore’s outdated and dysfunctional circuit court buildings calls for extensive renovations to the existing Calvert Street courthouses and the construction of a new criminal courthouse a block away, an undertaking that will cost as much ...

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Lawyers questioned on foreclosure signing practices

In previous sessions of Baltimore’s show-cause hearings to investigate suspect signatures in foreclosure cases, Baltimore City Circuit Court Special Master Elizabeth A. Ritter asked her questions from the lawyers table. On Tuesday afternoon, she moved to the judge’s bench. The ...

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