Karol Levitt, who has been serving weekends in jail since late January for criminal contempt of court, will not have to serve the remaining three weekends of her sentence.
Levitt was ordered to jail along with her husband Jeffrey, the former president of Old Court Savings & Loan who has been charged with misappropriating millions of dollars of Old Court funds, for violating court-ordered limits on their spending. Her attorney said he was informed yesterday that she will not have to report to jail this weekend.
A statement released by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan, who ordered the couple to jail, said that Kaplan told Baltimore City Jail Warden Paul Davis that he had "no objection" to Levitt being released early for good behavior "like any other prisoner" would be.
"If other prisoners would be entitled to good time credits, Karol Levitt should be entitled to good time credits," said the judge's statement.
Neither Davis nor Kaplan were available for comment on who made the decision to release Levitt. Other lawyers and officials involved in the case declined to talk about how the decision was made.
When Levitt began her sentence, Ken Dashiell, director of the jail's weekend inmate program, said she could trim one or two days off her sentence with credits for good behavior. Yesterday, an aide to Davis said employes there were not permitted to discuss Levitt's release.
Levitt entered the Women's Detention Center of the Baltimore City Jail in late January and has spent 12 consecutive weekends there.
Jeffrey Levitt is serving an 18-month contempt-of-court sentence at a state prison in Jessup. He is facing criminal trial in early June on charges of theft and misappropriation of $14.6 million in depositors' funds.
William G. Hundley, attorney for the Levitts, said yesterday he had not talked to Karol Levitt about her release, but he did tell her husband about it during an afternoon visit at Jessup.
"He's very happy, very happy," said Hundley. "He felt worse about that than his own situation.
The Levitts were found in contempt of court Jan. 8 for what Kaplan termed "flagrant, intentional and willful" violations of orders he issued last summer restricting their spending.