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  • Man sentenced to 150 years for sex abuse of three young girls

    Man sentenced to 150 years for sex abuse of three young girls
    A former employee at the world headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Montgomery County was sentenced to 150 years in prison in Howard County Circuit Court this week for sexually abusing three girls between the ages of 5 and 8.  Joseph...
  • In Florida, timely injustice

    In Florida, timely injustice
    At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing. Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges. But that doesn't change the fact that, in 2000, stung that 13 inmates had been...
  • In Texas, black means future danger

    In Texas, black means future danger
    If the state of Texas executes Duane Buck, it'll be because he is black. Well, mainly it will be because in 1995, he shot his ex-girlfriend, Debra Gardner, and her friend, Kenneth Butler, to death at Gardner's Houston home, and also wounded his own...
  • Man gets 40 years in shooting death

    Man gets 40 years in shooting death
    A Baltimore man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man nearly two years ago, police said. Anthony Brown, 27, pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to first-degree murder and a handgun charge,...
  • Thirteen freed because of faulty jury instructions demonstrates need for reform

    Thirteen freed because of faulty jury instructions demonstrates need for reform
    It is good news that the Maryland Court of Appeals used common sense regarding the unfair trials that occurred as a result of the faulty instructions given jurors prior to 1980 ("13 Killers go free after court decision," July 11, 2013). In most European...
  • Widow recalls life without husband as his killer goes free

    Widow recalls life without husband as his killer goes free
    As he lay on the floor of his Southwest Baltimore grocery store, Benjamin Rubin's last words to his wife were "I've been shot." Moments earlier on that April day in 1972, Welford Monroe and another young man stormed into B&S Food Market, ordered Rubin...
  • Sun unfair to released prisoners

    The Sun's article on the 13 people recently released from prison told a very one-sided story ("13 killers go free after court decision," July 11). I hope that, in the future, The Sun will remember that we are all human beings and not one-dimensional...
  • Is it a coincidence that crime spiked after the death penalty was repealed?

    Is it a coincidence that crime spiked after the death penalty was repealed?
    Look at all the shooting and killing after the death penalty was repealed. I believe this was a bad time to do this. As for doubts about whether we execute the innocent, we could simply require that anyone who gets this penalty have a DNA test so we...
  • Maryland court goes soft on criminals

    Maryland court goes soft on criminals
    Where do I begin? The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that the state's mandatory five-year, no parole sentence for gun possession by certain convicted felons cannot stand ("Court voids gun penalty," July 12). As the article noted, "The Court of...
  • An injustice corrected

    An injustice corrected
    Today, judges instruct juries in criminal cases that they must presume the defendant is innocent and must hold the state to its burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. These are the fundamental rules of our criminal justice system. Before...
  • Brown receives award from NAACP

    Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown picked up an attractive addition to his glory wall Monday as he collected a leadership award from the national NAACP at its gathering in Orlando for his efforts at repealing the death penalty in Maryland. Brown played a...
  • Judge awards $21.4 million to Randallstown High shooting victim

    Judge awards $21.4 million to Randallstown High shooting victim
    A Baltimore County man paralyzed from the waist down in a 2004 shooting at Randallstown High School was awarded $21.4 million Monday in a civil case against the two men convicted in the attack. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen Cox ruled in...