Monday, March 26, 2007

From the SA's Office

On Friday Baltimore Jury convicted Simmeon Anderson, 31, of the 2800 block of Hollins Ferry Road, of two counts of first degree assault, two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of felon in possession of a handgun and wear/carry/transport a handgun. The jury deliberated 40 minutes after hearing approximately two and a half days of testimony. Anderson faces a maximum possible prison term of 90 years when sentenced by Judge John Themelis on June 4, 2007: 25 years for each assault, 20 years for each use of a handgun count. Say Court docs,
On September 12, 2000 Anderson shot victims Derrick and Lisa Kattrell. This case was tried once before, in 2004, and a mistrial was declared. It has been postponed 27 times until this week's trial, and was the oldest pending trial in Baltimore Circuit Court. Anderson is also pending trial today. CDA on September 9, 2005 court documents allege Anderson, while held inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, attempted to arrange the murder of witnesses in the above case. On November 16, 2005 Anderson is charged with solicitation to commit murder, solicitation to obstruct justice, solicitation to intimidate a witness.

On Friday the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Gregory Brown, 22, of the 2400 block of Druid Hill Avenue for first-degree murder. CDA that on February 26, 2007 Gregory Brown was identified as the person responsible for fatally shooting Vernon Carter, 25 [#46] in the 1800 block of W. Lanvale Street.


John Galt said...

Not only was Mr. Anderson's a very protracted case, but also he appears to have been a very naughty boy during its pendency, includind many other incidents unrelated to the case just disposed. I wonder what percentage of crimes each year are committed by offenders with incarcerable matters pending before the court ??

It seems to me that the requirement that reasonable bail be available to the accused also presumes some reasonable expectation by society that a) a trial will be speedy not just for the accused and that b) a jurisdiction is sufficiently policed that unrelated subsequent offenses by the accused will result in apprehension and conviction.

When that expectation is not realized, perhaps the constitutional requirement that bail by available to persistent criminals also triggers a federal obligation to send national guard into disfunctional jurisdictions like Baltimore.

Anonymous said...

You had Jason Moody listed as one of the labels yet I didn't see any information about him. Am I missing something?