Judge rejects request to speed Johnson's release


An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday rejected Terrence Johnson's request for freedom, saying appeals of such a ruling would be tied up in the courts longer than the month remaining on Johnson's prison sentence.

Johnson, convicted of one count of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two Prince George's County police officers in 1978, was told Aug. 11 that he would be released in February if he completed 90 days of work-release.

Attorney Melvin White said he also was told by a Parole Commission lawyer that his client could be released earlier if he completed the work-release agreement before Feb. 1. Johnson completed his work release Sunday.

The commission denied Johnson's early-release request Tuesday.

n a conference call with attorneys, Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. said an order for Johnson's release most likely would be tied up in appellate courts at least until February.

"My personal advice to you is just cool it," he told Mr. White. "Sit back and let everything take care of itself."

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