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Friday, January 29, 2010


Lawsuit thrown out

A Prince George's County judge threw out a civil case yesterday seeking damages in a January 2007 incident in which Keith A. Washington, at the time a high-ranking county official, shot two furniture deliverymen in his Accokeek home, killing one and wounding the other.

Circuit Court Judge Sean D. Wallace granted a motion by attorneys for Prince George's to throw out the case. Wallace ruled that the plaintiffs' attorneys had failed to provide enough evidence for the case to go forward.

The civil suit was brought by Robert White, now 39, who survived the shooting, and relatives of Brandon D. Clark, 22, who was killed. In 2008, a county criminal jury convicted Washington, now 48, of involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Washington was sentenced to 45 years in prison. The civil suit alleged that Washington, acting as a police officer, used excessive force.

-- Ruben Castaneda

Miller named judge

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday named Thomas V. Miller III, son of the Maryland Senate president, to a judgeship on the Anne Arundel County District Court.

Miller, a member of the Maryland Parole Commission for the past 13 years and son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D), was among seven candidates recommended to O'Malley by an Anne Arundel nominating commission.

Controversy erupted last year when he was nominated for another trial bench vacancy. Miller was initially passed over by the county's judicial commission, but he was later nominated when O'Malley asked for more candidates. That prompted three commission members to resign in protest.

O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said Thursday's appointment -- one of nine judgeships announced by O'Malley -- was made on its merits.

Before becoming a parole commissioner, the younger Miller was a lawyer in private practice. He is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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