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Judge acquits Warfield in housing code case


A Harford Circuit Court judge last week dismissed charges against a former Aberdeen town commissioner accused of violating county housing codes.

Judge Cypert O. Whitfill granted a motion to acquit Raymond H. Warfield of the criminal charges Wednesday, after two days of testimony in which the prosecution presented its case against the businessman.

Warfield runs Edgewood Homes, a mobile home sales company.

He was charged with failing to secure a mobile home on blocks and to install proper steps and landings at front and back doors, a complaint says.

He also was charged with failing to obtain county permits or to have the home inspected, as required by housing codes.

Prosecutors said Warfield ignored warnings from county inspectors that he would be charged unless he corrected violations, including a lack of heat and proper plumbing, at a mobile home Warfield rented to Herbert and Mary McVey of Dublin.

Warfield, 52, stepped down as an Aberdeen commissioner in May 1991 after 14 years in office.

He operates Edgewood Homes in the 2700 block of Pulaski Highway.

Had he been convicted of the charges, Warfield would have faced a maximum sentence up to $5,500 in fines and up to 32 months in prison.

The trial had been postponed four times since April 1991 after circuit judges Maurice W. Baldwin Jr. and Stephen M. Waldron removed themselves from the case.

The judges refused to preside over the trial because they had worked with Warfield when they served separately as Aberdeen's municipal attorney.

Baldwin also represented Warfield on private legal matters before his judicial appointment.

The trial also was postponed after Warfield's first attorney, Harold D. Norton of Bel Air, withdrew from the case. Warfield was represented by William Abercrombie of Edgewood at his trial last week.

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