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Capital, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Local firm aids O.J.'s team Bl DrTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AV LAUREL MD 20707 OPEN HOUSE Hundreds take tour of Governor's Mansion Dl Navy drops anchor on Special wedding tab Inside JAN. SOUND JUDGMENT Ray Thieme was at the center of a historic election challenge. Now this respected jutto is ready to resume the daily job of justice. luK S j. IM. i HBtWT Shaping Arundel from the bench By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer It's a Wednesday morning in and as he does every Raymond G Thieme Jr. arrives at his sparsely decorated office overlooking Franklin Street by 8 a.m. A few blocks away at the State workers are finishing their preparations for the inauguration of the state's 59th governor. But Ray Thieme has no plans to be there. don't attend political and that's obviously a political the Circuit Court judge said definitively. never attended an inauguration of any and I don't intend to forgiven if ftedld though. After if not for Judge the inauguration might not have taken place. It was in Judge Thieme's courtroom that Ellen R. Sauerbrey lost her unprecedented challenge to the results of November's gubernatorial election And with Mrs Sauerbrey's decision last week not to appeal the ruling from one of the county's most esteemed Judge Thieme's decision made Parris N. Glendening's election victory official But the 64-year-old judge didn't seek the Sauerbrey case for its political importance He said he-took it only because it would be a a break from routine that he called a of To local that explanation rings true. Instead of basking in the spotlight of public Judge Thieme has carved out a reputation as a low-key jurist more interested in the details of law than the considerable power His position wields. hates with a passion that there is a political side to betag an administrative judge m the state said county Public Defender Alan R. who has known the judge for 15 years. Through his 21 years on die bench Page draft CotrtggaRaymond 0. TMomo mtoma 9f I. Ctplttl Me hi Ms office. you cant give a MM the It Sentencing guidelines under fire Too critics charge By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer A set of new sentencing guidelines that eases the penalties for many crimes has drawn heavy criticism from local prosecutors and victims rights advocates who say the new penalties are too lenient. With an oversight pan- el of judges this month released the guidelines for Circuit Court and said they reflect the sentences that the bench was handing down already. But critics say the guidelines which aren't binding make it less likely that criminals will serve the time in prison that they deserve. could certainly lead to more lenient sentences In Anne Arundel State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said. Maintaining that Anne Arundel judges already tended to hand down punishments that fell on the low side of the old Mr. Weathersbee said judges ifiay do the same with the new ones. A first-time for now faces a likely sentence of one to eight years in prison. The same person faced 10 to 18 years in prison previously NEW JAIL SENTENCES Under new guidelines for Judges uimilfrithli the recommended Jill sentences for several crimes have changed Here are Mine examples of sentences for first-time offenders. Hrtl degree rase One year to 10 reduced from 10 to 18 I Robbery with deadly vsaaea Probation to three down from three to eight years. Sbt months to eight reduced from three to eight yean. RCMMAfcaM- Probation to one formerly pobstlon to three From manslaughter to drug posses- sion to the recommended pen- alties for several other crimes also have been reduced. The decision by the Maryland Sen- tencing Guidelines Advisory Board was hardly a unanimous said Judge Page M Dozing drivers on fast lane to death ByP.J.SHUEY Staff Writer In when a 19-year-old Mil- tersville man was killed on Route 100 in he made the mistake that costs dozens of lives every year across the state. He dozed off Robert Anderson of MUlersville was driving a Chrysler LeBaron that drifted off the highway and crashed down an embankment before slamming into a concrete storm drain. In falling asleep at the wheel killed at least 41 people in state police said. as much as 17 percent of all fatal accidents might be caused by drivers falling according to offi- cials at the National Sleep a D.C.-based group which Emissions cloud hits gas stations Outcome of new test a 'double-edged sword9 for owners By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Like the rest of Maryland Mike Miron is playing a waiting-game. He's waiting to see if the state works out the glitches in its controversial new vehicle emissions testing program and rf tl Jeneral -bb up scran- ingitall-togetL' But the juto 'y matters moretohunthan ieca he owns Eastport Sb Wit Tea .jr number of cars expec ed to 'the it should mean additional repair busi- ness. he and other county service stations owners are happy about the program. Not entirely. I think it's a Mr. Miwn said. going to be interesting to see how the legislature deals with While most service station owners agree the new tests will be good for the many said the state should have better handled the pub- licity about the and worked out a less time-consuming way to test cars don't think it was well thought out in the said Gary Thomp- owner of Chesapeake Exxon out- side Annapolis. Many station owners have had to purchase new diagnostic equipment to analyze and some wonder now whether it will ever be put to its Page studies sleep disorders. Until Anne Arundel County- police did not note on accident reports whether sleepiness was a Contributing factor. To fight the NSF are calling for more study as well efforts to reduce the toll sleeplessness takes on highways. certainly know it is a problem than is actually said Tom of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and an NSF board For he said indicators oh accidents from 2 to 6 a.m. point to drivers Ming even though many of these were not attributed to sleepiness. Page owner of Eastport checks a teet performed on an engine of determining many at county Mlron hat about the new testing program. OMU W. WEATHER FU HMH LOW Mostty cloudy today and tomorrow. M. Gary's way This season the Terrapins are 13-3 and ranked No. 8 In the latest Associated Press poll. Most of the credit goes to coach Gary who can earn his 300th batketbM vtetery today at North CareHnaStata.Ct NATION SIMPSON Words will fry tomorrow In Department 103 of Superior Court In Angeles as the Impassioned attorneys for the prosecution and the defense lay out their cases In 0J. Simpson's trial for murder. A2 LIFESTYLE MUSIC For a modest softspoken guy from country singer Adam Ritchie has big plans. I'm hoping for a he said about the song demo album he cut In a NasnvMe studio recently. U Anmdel Report. 01 EdKorieh A10-11 Bl Lottery...... _M MortM...............E7 Fl-14 A2-3 ObRuertH. M CIsseMletl--------------278-7000
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