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Police officer found not guilty in assault on wife


An Anne Arundel County police officer was acquitted yesterday of assaulting his wife in their Owings Mills home in November after his wife refused to testify against him as part of their divorce agreement

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels found Stephen M. Brown, 44, not guilty of three charges of second-degree assault after a brief hearing.

Deputy State's Attorney Stephen Bailey presented no evidence after Elizabeth Brown invoked her "marital privilege" not to testify against her husband. The couple no longer live together and have signed a separation agreement.

Her lawyer, Howard Miliman, said his client decided not to testify "to get the divorce over with."

Elizabeth Brown accused Stephen Brown of shoving her, hitting her with a telephone and threatening the family dog.

Shortly after Brown's arrest and release last year, police reported finding documents in his house indicating that he might have an interest in killings for hire and corporate espionage. Stephen Brown's lawyer had previously said the documents were for a book his client was thinking about writing. He remains employed with Anne Arundel County police department.

No charges have been filed in connection with the documents.

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