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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Enjoy the pleasures of a peach Bl OH O's blow lead In 9th to lose 12-10 Cl On Orioles vs. Blue pjn. onHTS. Hurricane Erin' loses strength over Florida A2 PAGE A1B OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 WbUNESDAY AUGUST MD Farewell to the bench Judge Duckett leaving behind a legal legacy By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Judge Warren B Duckett Jr a fixture in county politics Who grew from one of its rising stars and glad-handing prosecutor into a veteran announced today that he'll retire from the public stage he has occupied for a quarter-century Judge wrote in a letter to the governor that he will step down from the Circuit Court bench on Oct 31 because of a long-running battle with multiple a disease he. had fought since before he was named a judge in 1988 not leaving because I want to leave I'm leaving because I he said The which the judge said came on doctors' means end of m often stor. -always colorful Political career in which he flirted with running for governor and county am a little tOO lihoral hut I out i WOUldn t Change any Of my decisions. YOU don't Shunt away rernent also from doing the presents a rare chance right for Pams N Judee Duckett Glendeiuns to JUOge UUCKen openmgs on the nine- member Circuit which hears most of the county's felony cases and all trials On tne same day that Judge Duckett said he'll fellow Judge H Chester Goudy Jr retired The governor hasn't picked a replacement but has publicly vowed to name more women and minorities to the state's courts Speculation among members of the county bar has centered on District Court Judges Martha F Rasm and Clayton Greene Jr who would be the court's first female and black respectively For Judge the decision to retire years before he planned was bittersweet only thing I regret is leaving this office early and not staying until 2005 he referring to the year his judicial term ends By Bob Gilbert Capital Hie photo Judge Warren B. Duckett named to the county Circuit Court In 1988 by Gov. William Donald said he will step down as of Oct. 31. The colorful former county councilman and prosecutor has spent 25 years aa a fixture In county public life. He has been an avid and his office Is decorated with trophies. By David W Trozzo Capital file photo Others who know him praised his accomplish ments Many pointed to his 15 years as state's attorney during which the office s staff more than doubled He just tried to increase the quality of his prosecutors If that will be his greatest said State's Attorney Frank R Weathers a longtime deputy who replaced Judge Duck ett as the county's top prosecutor Even before his first run for public office in 1970 Judge Duckett had an impressive political Page Sun slimes into the record books ByJOHNKEILMAN Staff Writer Yahoo1 A new record1 An uninter- rupted 22 days of steaming heat Now let's all celebrate with a fistfight With today's mercury lo- cal history will have added an infa mous mark the longest streak of temperatures in the 90s or better Like all though it comes with a price The sunny plague tormenting the Annapolis area is making tempers bubble like tar pits seem to be a little more likely to be and there s an opportunity for something to hap- said Officer Shelley city police spokesman That opportunity is going to be around for a while The National and high humidity could be a daily torture until at least Aug 10 The Bermuda High a system of high pressure air that settles over the mid Atlantic region each is swatting away cool temperatures like Shaquille O'Neal swats away layups is a slim chance that that By Mark M Odell The Capital Yesterday's toasty temperatures didn't phase Jeanle who took to the asphalt barefooted to push her 2-year-old son Sam down Tha 90-degree that changes the way people's bodies said psychologist Tom Muha changes much of the way we operate in life Whenever there's a big change like it throws people off psychologi cally And that's why people's tem- pers flare Brad Mauzy a psychiatric consul tant at the Anne Arundel Medical said the heat wave has brought a surge in business In creased drinking and a general loss of mental equilibrium are responsi he said seen quite a few more psychiatric patients past than is normal in the he said this morning I ve al ready got four people to see Though irritability is rising with the the weather hasn't brought a steep increase in crime said many mould-be-villaint today 22 straight days of temperatures In the 90s. could change on Sunday if that fron tal system in the Midwest could slip over the Bermuda High said Bob a forecaster at Baltimore- Washington International Airport We may get afternoon thunder out of it But it's very iffy The novelty of the heat wore off a long time ago we have three weeks of stay inside with their fans and air conditioners rather than slink into the swampy outdoors That s fine with police With many officers wearing polyester uniforms the heat is setting the thin blue line to a boil HE Page A CBS deal could cost local jobs Westinghouse Liiitliicmii plant may face layoffs By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Along with the announcement that Westinghouse Electric Corp will buy CBS yesterday came another with far greater potential impact in Anne Arundel County possible layoffs at Linthicum-based Electronic Systems Group Westinghouse chairman and chief executive Michael H Jordan said the new to be called Westing house would sell off assets of as much as billion over the next 18 months 'Electronic Systems is a very strong business for Mr Jordan said during a news conference in New York very well positioned in the defense industry It has recently begun to grow in both revenue and profit If there are job eliminations that might happen in Baltimore they would be designed to strengthen that business and make it more competitive' Electronic Systems Group employs 16 000 with in Anne Arun del County and another elsewhere in Maryland Mr Jordan talked briefly about the future of ESG during the news confer ence which was broadcast by confer ence call The group also includes the Annapolis area Oceanic Division facili ty Pittsburgh based Westinghouse will pay a share in a transaction esti mated at 4 billion Mr Jordan said Chemical Bank and J P Morgan had each committed billion toward fi nancing the deal The widely anticipated agreement came a day after the Walt Disney Co are always layoff possibilities. It' would depend on market forces... on what over the 12 to 18 months. There certainly could be Christopher Westinghouse spokesman created the nation's biggest entertain- ment company with a surprise deal to buy Capital Cities ABC Inc for about billion The Westinghouse deal requires ap- proval by CBS shareholders and regu- lators Westinghouse hopes to complete the purchase by early 1996 Westinghouse corporate spokesman Christopher Newton said corporate as- sets will definitely be sold but cautioned against early speculation on which ones s more than one way to skin a cat' he said Among the possibilities are divest- ing the new company of some of the CBS businesses or combining some of the Westinghouse core businesses in a joint partnership he said Dr Fran Harvey ESG had said in June that the company was Page Con artist admits defrauding clients By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer He was a self styled financial Sven gall who had his own weekly radio show and at his height oversaw million in investments for more than 170 clients But somehow it all went belly up By the time Joshua Fry disappeared from Annapolis in late leaving a note saying he was long gone he hatl swindled clients from Canada to Call forma out of million Fry 59 now faces as many as 10 years-m- prmrr vesterriay to felonv theft and three related charges for defrauding srorps of rhents of whom watched as he was led off in shackles from an Anna polls courtroom The scene contrasted with the lavish lifestyle that state prosecutors said Fry financed with his illegal earnings dur ing the early 1990s betting thousands of dollars on horses and squandering more at casinos in Atlantic City The funds were used by the defend ant to finance his lifestyle and his own personal investments said a state- ment prosecutors presented The key to the scam they said was a bogus financial fund that Fry pitched to investors out of his Bestgate Road office and on his radio program which aired on Washington s WPGC AM The Good Till Cancelled Fund which invested in stock options was sup- posed to produce annual yields of 40 to -aft-percent- But investors-saw money between 1990 and 1993 only when they requested funds prosecu tors said The Set-unties and Exchange Com mission froze about S500000 when Fry fled the state the rest appeared to vanish Individual investors lost anywhere Page INSIDE ofiTHiynt'H cen- ter proposal is running into trouble Bl KENT State to aacfc down on deadbeat parents A12 WEST A new connarder takes charge at Meade A10 4 ftgrnt VurOef Report 01 Edrtonais Cap Canefa 08 Kent wanri Chefs Choee Bl-4 Lottery Classified 03 85 Obituaries 05 PohceBeat 08 fit me are prtrifed day or recycled oaper The newsnaoer also is recyclable Classified 268-7000 Circulation 26S-48OO From Kent 327-1583 All other departments 268-5000 Comics B6 415 Frivolous jailhouse suits clog system Give a prison inmate cold food or moldy and he takes you to court Refuse to aDow an abortion to a prisoner who's not and she hits the state with a lawsuit- Sound a bit farfetched' Yes Bat these were real three of the hundreds filed every year by inmates in Maryland prisons Most aren't so but most are state officials say And they have to be defended consuming all the time of five law yers in the Attorney General's Office and costing Maryland taxpayers more than half a million dollars a year AttorneyGeneralJ JosephCurran Jr joined with nine other state attor neys general in Washington yester day to ask for help from Congress m reducing the number of frivolous lawsuits filed by prison inmates To emphasize the need for some controls Mr Curran released a list of Maryland's top 10 frivolous inmate lawsuits Besides the complaints about abortion and discrimination Mr Curran s list included an inmate who went to court complaining of cold food and one who sued because his mail was late and his cheesecake was moldy Every citizen has the right to due process of law but that doesn't give prisoners the right to clog up oar courts with silly claims Mr Curran said He suggested that inmates be re- quired to pay a minimal fee perhaps J5 to file a suit Inmates don t pay INMATES. 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