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October 31, 2002 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, who remained distant from the investigation of the sniper shootings during the rampage, seized control of the prosecution this week, raising questions among some lawyers about whether the politics of the death penalty had trumped the ordinary rules for handling murder cases. On Friday, Montgomery County, Md., prosecutor Douglas F. Gansler filed six counts of murder against John Allen Muhammad, 41, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17.
March 15, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, a onetime Maryland congressman, declared his intention Monday to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes. "I can't be bought. I won't be intimidated. I don't know how to quit," Mfume told supporters at a rally in Baltimore. Mfume is seeking the 2006 Democratic nomination to succeed Sarbanes, who announced Friday that he would retire at the end of his fifth term.
June 2, 2006 | Andrea F. Siegel, Baltimore Sun
Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to six consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole Thursday. "You, Mr. Muhammad, have no hope. You have no future. You will spend every day for the rest of your life locked in a cage," Judge James L. Ryan said. "You chose the wrong county to stain with your acts of violence." Muhammad, 45, looked grim as the sentence was read, and some in the audience applauded.
June 28, 2003 | Jay Mathews, Washington Post
The Bush administration has joined with a national religious group in an attempt to force the Montgomery County, Md., school district to put recruitment fliers for an after-school Bible club in children's backpacks, school officials said. The U.S.
June 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
FBI agents have finished searching a pond for clues in the 2001 anthrax attacks, finding no additional evidence to immediately suggest any links to the case, a report said Sunday. The FBI this month drained the 4- to 5-foot-deep pond in Frederick Municipal Forest, where authorities believed the attacker may have filled the envelopes with deadly spores underwater for his own protection.
November 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
A windblown fire gutted the nearly 300-year-old Prince George's County courthouse Wednesday, but was beat back before reaching a modern wing where records are kept and trials are held. "Firefighting crews took a defensive posture from the beginning to protect the new courthouse," built in 1991, said Marc Bashoor, a county fire commander.
October 26, 2004 | Emma Schwartz, Times Staff Writer
Just around daybreak, David Ciekot staked out a spot here in the western woods near a town called Friendsville, climbed a white oak tree and waited under a heavy sky the color of gun metal. For all the months of protests and legal wrestling that had led to this moment -- the opening of a planned six-day bear-hunting season in a state that had banned the practice for 51 years -- it only took half an hour for Ciekot to get what he came for. At 7 a.m.
June 24, 1987
Brian Tribble, who was acquitted of supplying the cocaine that killed University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, pleaded guilty to charges of speeding and fleeing a police officer in an unrelated incident in Maryland and was sentenced to one year's probation on both charges and 12 hours' of community service.
March 28, 2003 | Peter Carlson, Washington Post
SWANTON, Md. -- The experts say you're not supposed to anthropomorphize anymore, but you can't help wondering what Bear No. 391 thought about the whole weird event. There she is, hibernating in the brush pile behind Bill Dean's summer house on Deep Creek Lake, nestling with her four nursing cubs, snoozing peacefully, when suddenly Harry Spiker shows up with eight colleagues and a tranquilizer dart gun.
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