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Jan 27, 2013

Wal-Mart judged liable in accident from blown tire that killed 3 in car

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury assessed damages of $18.9 million against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for putting a new tire on an eroded rim — an action that led to the death of a woman and her two children.

Sep 3, 2012

Defense verdict revived, 6 years after bench trial

Plaintiffs’ attorneys beware: The failure to include a request for a jury trial in the complaint may prove hazardous to your case.

Aug 28, 2012

Top court overturns 2006 conviction for felony murder

Even though he did not try to stop the crime when he was out of immediate danger, a murder suspect was entitled to have a jury consider whether he was acting under duress, the Court of Appeals has held.

Aug 12, 2012

Prince George’s town faces suit over speed camera tickets

Riverdale Park has been illegally using its network of speed cameras to illegally issue thousands of speeding citations, according to a $5 million class action lawsuit filed against the town.

Aug 7, 2012

Ex-UMd. student pleads guilty in rampage threat

UPPER MARLBORO— A former University of Maryland student charged with making online threats of a campus rampage has pleaded guilty. Alexander Song pleaded guilty Tuesday to disturbing the peace at a school and misuse of telephone facilities. Prince George’s County prosecutors say Song will continue to receive mental health treatment and must complete 200 hours […]

Jun 19, 2012

Hotten receives Taylor award

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge Michele D. Hotten has received the 2012 James H. Taylor Award from the Prince George’s County Bar Association “for her years of dedication and commitment to the law, the courts and the community.” Hotten was presented with the award during the bar association’s Annual Meeting on June 5. Hotten […]

Jun 17, 2012

P.G. jury awards $20.9M in med mal case

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury last week awarded $20.9 million — including $20 million for pain and suffering — to the family of a 6-year-old boy who suffered permanent paralysis in his left arm when the obstetrician pulled on his head during delivery. But the award to Tyler Arnett and his parents, Athea […]

May 10, 2012

Maryland man gets life for state trooper’s death

UPPER MARLBORO — A man who shot an off-duty Maryland state trooper who kicked him out of a restaurant was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life behind bars by a judge who called him a threat to society and liable to kill again if free. Cyril Cornelius Williams, 29, made no apologies […]

May 6, 2012

Joe Surkiewicz: The changing face of civil legal need in P.G. County

Starting in 2008, the face of low-income clients in Prince George’s County desperate for free civil legal services took a dramatic turn. Family law clients took a back seat to people under the threat of losing their homes to foreclosure. “I never thought we’d be in the mortgage foreclosure business,” said Neal Conway, executive director […]

Mar 9, 2012

Maryland man gets 15 years for ordering hit on teenager

UPPER MARLBORO  — A man who prosecutors say ordered the killing of a teenage girl has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. McDonald Abraham was sentenced in Prince George’s County Circuit Court on Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Abraham put out a hit […]

Feb 13, 2012

Jury selection continues in trial of man charged with killing trooper

UPPER MARLBORO — Jury selection is continuing in the trial of a man charged with killing an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper. The murder trial for Cyril Cornelius Williams got under way Monday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Williams is accused in the June 2010 slaying of Trooper Wesley Brown, who was off-duty at […]

Jan 13, 2012

Teen pleads guilty in P.G. County youth facility slaying

UPPER MARLBORO — A teenager has pleaded guilty to murder in the death of a teacher at a youth detention facility in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. Fifteen-year-old Brian Wonsom pleaded guilty Friday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Wonsom, who was 14 at the time of the killing but faced adult charges, was sentenced him […]

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