The judge who denied the protective order sought by a Glen Burnie homicide victim against the man charged with killing him was recommended for suspension in late 2018.
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities recommended in November of 2018 that then Baltimore District Court Judge Devy Patterson Russell be suspended for six months.
Russell, the commission found, screamed at fellow judges, pushed a courthouse staffer and neglected more than 100 search warrants, the Baltimore Sun reported.
“The Commission on Judicial Disabilities did recommend a six month suspension, however, the Court of Appeals has not made a decision on the recommendation,” Nadine Maeser, Maryland judiciary spokeswoman, wrote in an email. “The Court of Appeals will do so sometime before the end of the term, which is August 31, 2019.”
On Feb. 19, Russell denied a petition for a protective order filed by Tyrique Hudson, who was seeking protection from his neighbor James Allan Verombeck.
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Russell presided over the February petition filed in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County. She is listed on the Maryland Court System as District Court Judge in Baltimore.
“Judge Russell is still serving in her capacity as a judge, but she has been temporarily relocated pending a decision by the Court of Appeals,” Maeser said.
Hudson wrote in the application the 53-year-old harassed, stalked and threatened him with violence. They both lived in the Colonial Square Apartment complex in the 100 block of Virginia Lane in Glen Burnie.
After taking the trash out Feb. 16 and walking up the stairwell in their apartment building, Verombeck told Hudson “you knew this day was coming” before giving him a “death gesture” by sliding his thumb across his throat, Hudson wrote.
Russell three days later denied the petition because Hudson’s application did not meet the “required burden of proof.”
Hudson was found dead Monday morning with what Anne Arundel County police said were gunshot wounds.
Verombeck has been charged in Hudson’s murder. Witnesses told detectives they saw Verombeck wielding a shotgun in the stairwell where Hudson’s body was discovered, charging documents detail.