Author Archives: Heather Cobun

Heather Cobun is the trial courts reporter at The Daily Record. Got news? Call her at (443) 524-8191. Follow her on Twitter: @hcobun.

Juvenile lifers seek discovery on governor’s parole decision-making


A federal magistrate judge will decide this week whether certain documents relating to the parole process should be turned over to the plaintiffs challenging Maryland’s treatment of juvenile lifers. Judge J. Mark Coulson heard arguments Tuesday and said he expects ...

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Jury awards $1M to Prince George’s woman diagnosed with cancer after lack of follow-up


A Prince George’s County jury has awarded $1 million to a Fort Washington woman who developed lung cancer after her gynecologist failed to properly follow up on results of a hysterectomy. The jury deliberated for approximately 90 minutes Thursday before finding ...

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Lawsuit alleges Bates ineligible for State’s Attorney race

Ivan J. Bates (File photo)

A Democratic Party candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney is asking a judge to decide if one of his competitors meets the residency requirement. Charles N. Curlett Jr., managing partner at Levin & Curlett LLC in Baltimore, filed the complaint ...

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Baltimore lawyer’s lawsuit against Court of Appeals chief judge dismissed

10.15.13 BALTIMORE, MD- Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland Court of Appeals.  (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Baltimore lawyer’s lawsuit against Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera challenging the judicial appointment process has been dismissed. Rickey Nelson Jones, a Baltimore attorney who was not recommended to fill vacancies on the Anne Arundel Circuit Court ...

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Man exonerated for ’04 murder after Innocence Project intervenes

Lamar Johnson smiles outside Baltimore City Circuit Court while answering questions Tuesday afternoon after prosecutors announced his 13-year-old murder conviction will be vacated and all charges dismissed in the case, in which he was misidentified as a suspect. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Baltimore man who served 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was released Tuesday after prosecutors asked for his conviction to be vacated and dropped the charges because of newly-discovered exonerating evidence. Lamar Johnson, 33, ...

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Baltimore Board of Estimates to vote on $110K settlement for false arrest

(Vladimir Cetinski / Depositphotos.com)

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates is scheduled to approve a $110,000 settlement Wednesday with two people who flagged down police to assist them with a road rage incident only to end up arrested and charged themselves. Ivan Pratt Sr. ...

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Lawyer calls Nance ‘old school’ as judicial misconduct hearing begins

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Alfred Nance

ANNAPOLIS — A Baltimore city judge accused of a “disrespectful and unprofessional demeanor” on the bench was behaving as an “old school,” veteran judge, his lawyer said a hearing Thursday. Circuit Judge Alfred Nance faces nine counts of misconduct at a multi-day ...

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4th Circuit to hear fired Baltimore prosecutor’s appeal

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

A former prosecutor who was fired by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby after backing Mosby’s election opponent will have her case heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. A federal judge dismissed Keri L. Borzilleri’s lawsuit last year, ...

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