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MARCH 17, 2013
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Cordies investigative background an asset for scandal-plagued county
By ALLISON BOURG Staff Writer
Dave Cordle knocking on your door usually meant trouble,
During his 32 years as chief investigator for the Anne Arundel State’s Attorney’s office, Cordle ferreted out misdeeds in several departments and agencies There was the 1995 probe of the Mill
ersville Landfill, where two workers were accused of taking bribes from garbage haulers to avoid paying dumping fees.
There was the Department of Public Works supervisor caught stealing $153,000 worth of county-owned tools and other supplies and hoarding them at his Severn home.
There were investigations in the county
police department. Recreation and Parks and some internal inquiries.
Now the 55-year-old is using his insider’s knowledge as chief of staff for County Executive Laura Neuman.
“That came as an advantage to me, to know what all the departments do,”
(See CORDLE, Page A9)
TITLE: Chief of staff for County Executive Laura Neuman a RESIDENCE: Annapolis. /dHE AGE: 55.
SF FAMILY: Wife Michele, four IjSb children.
Chief investigator for Anne Arur,del County State's Attorney's Office; Annapolis alderman, representing Ward 5 from 2001-2009; special deputy fire marshal with the Annapolis Fire Department; lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve
Death penalty opponents: Repeal means no fatal errors
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
Weems Creek resident John Yanlk picks up speed to make it to the finish line Saturday during the annual Green Beer Races at the Eastport Democratic Club. For more photos, go to Page All.
By Matthew Cola — The Capital
• Fora slideshow of photos from the Green Beer Races, goto www. capital gazette.com
‘Why not? Light up the whole world green!’
Local Irish bemused by the excesses of Americans’ version of St. Patrick’s Day
By TIM PRUDENTE Staff Writer
Everyone may be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But green beer and breakfast pints, well, that’s all American.
Lesley Pattison was raised in Dublin and welcomes attention to the Ould Sod — even if it comes gaudy and drenched with green.
“I never drank green beer in my life, nor will I,” said Pattison, manager of the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel. “We respect our beer too much.”
Local Irish immigrants say American celebrations such as marathon drinking sessions are less common on the Emerald Isle.
“It can get to be amateur hour around here,” said bartender Barry Ahern, laughing.
He's 29 years old and still carries the brogue from his hometown of Galway. He sits in an Annapolis pub sipping coffee (without Baileys) and gathering patience for the familiar St. Paddy’s Day question: “Hey, you from Ireland?"
Local Paddy’s Day revelers can slurp green sake (Japanese rice wine) and rent tartan kilts (Scottish garb).
(See IRISH, Page All)
By Joshua McKerrow — Th* Capital Barry Ahem mans the bar Friday at Castlebay Irish pub in Annapolis.
Capital punishment debate now moves to other states
By ALEX JACKSON Staff Writer
By making Maryland the 18th state to repeal the death penalty, state lawmakers hope to avoid a story like Cameron Todd Willing ham's.
Willingham was executed on Feb. 17, 2004, in Texas. After the 35-year-old’s three children died in a fire at his house in 1991, he was accused of arson and convicted for the deaths
But serious doubts were raised about the scientific proof the house had been burned down deliberately.
Before his execution, Will ingham said he was innocent.
A year after he was put to death. Texas established a government commission to investigate allegations of error and misconduct by forensic scientists. A scientist on the commission concluded investigators had no scientific basis for claiming the fire was arson, according to The New Yorker
More recent investiga tions have come up with similar findings in Willing ham’s case. His family is still seeking a pardon from the state.
Maryland has had its own experience with death-penalty cases that didn't stand up to re-examination.
As the green circles outnumbered the red ones on the House of Delegates tally board
(See REPEAL, Page AIQ)
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