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Hoggle once again found incompetent for trial

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A Montgomery County District Court Judge ruled Thursday that Catherine Hoggle, the mother of two children that went missing over two years ago and charged with neglect, obstruction and hindering, is still not competent to stand trial.

Judge Zuberi Williams’ ruling keeps with previous rulings that Hoggle, who is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, is not competent to stand trial, and is still too dangerous to be released from the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup.

In Maryland, a person has three years to be deemed competent to stand trial, before the state deems him or her permanently incompetent.

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Sanchez waives preliminary hearing for trial

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ROCKVILLE -- An attorney for Henry E. Sanchez, one of the students charged with the rape of a 14- year-old girl at Rockville High School, waived his preliminary hearing Friday.

David Hollenberg, one of the attorneys representing Sanchez, said last week he expects that a grand jury will indict his client.

“When the time does come, Mr. Sanchez will testify in front of 12 voters pulled from the rolls of the Motor Vehicle Administration that are residents in Montgomery County and he will testify to that – to indicate that this was purely a consensual sexual encounter,” Hollenber said.

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17-year-old accused in Rockville rape awaits trial

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ROCKVILLE – Prosecutors will have until May 5 to decide whether to go forward with rape and sexual assault charges against Jose O. Montano, a Rockville High School student accused of raping a fellow student.

Montano, 17, along with Henry E. Sanchez, 18, was charged with first-degree rape and two first-degree sexual offense charges after police said the two Rockville High School students raped a 14-year-old girl during school hours.

District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe set Montano’s trial date for May 5, which means the state’s attorney will have until then to either proceed or drop the charges against Montano.

“Hopefully, they’ll make the right decision and realize Mr. Montano was arrested hastily without an investigation,” said Montano’s attorney, David Wooten.

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‘Hey I didn’t do it - he did’ defense

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The courts are frequently called upon in criminal cases to determine whether a search by the police violated a defendant’s 4th Amendment constitutional protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. Many of these cases involve a search where no warrant was involved, but sometimes the warrant itself may be at issue. This is illustrated by an unreported opinion this month from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals in a case called Hector Colon v. State.

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State seeks life in prison for Tordil

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The state’s attorney for Montgomery County said he plans to seek life in prison without parole for Eulalio Tordil, who is charged with the murder of one person at Montgomery Mall and another in Aspen Hill.

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Sometimes you restrain the defendant

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A criminal defendant has a constitutional right to be present in the Courtroom during his criminal trial. The Courts have made it clear that placing the defendant in criminal restraints, particularly in front of a jury, is inherently prejudicial to the defense. However, there are circumstances in which the courts are justified in restraining a disruptive defendant, as illustrated by a recent opinion from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals called Jeffrey Shiflett v. State of Maryland.

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Senning trial postponed

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rickley senningROCKVILLE – The four-day trial of Rickley Senning, ex-lover of Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton, has been postponed until Feb. 17, 2015. Senning, who is accused of kidnapping and assaulting the judge, filed a motion in October to dismiss his attorneys, Ferris Bond and Joseph Fay.

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