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Maryland inmate found dead in cell; death may be homicide (access required)

CUMBERLAND — Corrections officials are investigating the death of an inmate in a Cumberland prison as a possible homicide. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says 59-year-old Terrance Cirata was found dead in his cell at North Branch ...

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Union heartened by response to Md. prison assault

CUMBERLAND — A second prison manager is departing the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution after an inmate stabbed a correctional officer there earlier this month and the Maryland public safety department on Monday proposed tighter security measures at the lockup. ...

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Union criticizes state over prison security threats

ANNAPOLIS — A union for Maryland correctional officers criticized state prison managers on Tuesday for failing to warn an officer who was stabbed only four days after officials were informed he was a target. The American Federation of State, County ...

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Top court: Lack of charge in indictment dooms 1992 conviction (access required)

It’s never too late to challenge a conviction for an unindicted crime, Maryland’s top court has held. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Court of Appeals vacated Jarmal Johnson’s 1992 conviction for assault-with-intent-to-murder that had gone unchallenged for 16 years. ...

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Assault charges dropped against guard at North Branch prison

CUMBERLAND — Prosecutors have dropped assault charges against a Maryland correctional officer for an incident in which an inmate was injured at the North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland. Court records show that two counts of second-degree assault against David ...

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Court opinions: January 10, 2011

MARYLAND COURT OF APPEALS Administrative Law Public Information Act BOTTOM LINE: Prison warden improperly denied inmate’s request for documents under the Public Information Act by directing the inmate to resubmit the requests to individual departments within the prison’s agency. CASE: ...

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Jury picked for inmate’s murder trial in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND — Testimony has begun in the first-degree murder trial in Cumberland of a state prison inmate charged with strangling the killer of two adolescent girls. Prosecutors began calling witnesses after a jury was chosen Tuesday morning. Thirty-six-year-old Christopher White ...

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