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Prosecutor opposes early release for ex-bishop Heather Cook who fatally struck Baltimore bicyclist

Prosecutor opposes early release for ex-bishop Heather Cook who fatally struck Baltimore bicyclist

A former Episcopal bishop serving a prison sentence for fatally striking a bicyclist with her car while drunk should be denied a reduction in sentence, the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office argued in a court filing that captured the fierceness of the victim’s family’s opposition to her request.

A six-page memorandum, signed by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Assistant State’s Attorney Kurt Bjorklund, says the relatives of Thomas Palermo are “united in their vehement opposition to any reduction in sentence.”

Palermo, 41, was a husband and a father of two young children when he was killed Dec. 27, 2014.

Prosecutors also expressed skepticism regarding the nature of...

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