The Harford County State’s Attorney oversees criminal cases in the county. He investigates crimes, decides whether to charge suspects and tries cases to a jury. He also decides on plea bargains and trials. This article will explore the role of the state’s attorney and some of his top contenders. This article focuses on John Norman Huffington, Deno Kanaras, and Deputy State’s Attorney Gavin Patashnick.
John Norman Huffington
Two decades ago, Harford County State’s Attorney John Norman Huffington was convicted of the double murder of a couple in his jurisdiction. In the 1980s, a state grand jury indicted him on two counts of first-degree murder, even though forensic evidence was discredited. As a result, the prosecution filed an appeal. On Nov. 19, 2018, Huffington filed a complaint against State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly.
In his testimony in Huffington’s second trial, Agent Malone identified Huffington as the source of the hairs. But on cross-examination, Malone admitted that microscopic hair comparison could not be used to confirm Huffington’s innocence. This information is the key to determining Huffington’s guilt. It’s not the only thing that’s troubling, though: Huffington didn’t make the best decision.
The former state’s attorney for Harford County has been a central figure in two recent murder cases. In the first case, the victim, 21-year-old Diane Becker, was stabbed and battered with a bottle, and her boyfriend, Huffington, was killed with a gun on a farm path. As a result, Deno Kanaras was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison. He testified against Huffington in the prosecution of the murders, and his trial, held in Harford County, was moved to Kent County. The jury found Kanaras guilty of felony murder in Becker’s death, as well as daytime housebreaking and arson in Huffington’s death.
Huffington’s trial had been adjourned pending a determination of whether Kanaras acted in self-defense. Kanaras argued that his client was not a willing participant in the crimes. He argued that Huffington coerced him into participating in the crimes because he was afraid of Huffington. Although he testified that he cooperated with the authorities, Huffington had denied knowing about the murders.
Deputy Harford County state’s attorney Gavin Patashnick
Deputy Harford County State’s Attorney Gavin Patashnick declined to comment on the legal authority of the state to prosecute Perverted Sexual Practice cases. The state’s attorney’s office has a policy of not commenting on pending investigations and underlying legal theories. Patashnick said his office would be happy to speak more on the matter once the cases are finished.
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Retired Harford County state’s attorney Catherine Cassilly
Former state’s attorney Joseph Cassilly is facing disbarment from the Maryland Court of Appeals after he allegedly failed to disclose exculpatory evidence and lied in court. Although he retired in 2007, Cassilly was a prominent figure in the political world for more than two decades. She also served as the chairman of the Harford County Republican Central Committee from 1990 to 1996. In 2002, she was elected to the Maryland House of Representatives and served as its representative for four years. However, in January 2006, she was deployed to Iraq and has since been unable to work as a representative.
In the past, Cassilly has defended police officers who engaged in abusive behavior. Among the cases she defended was the case of a man arrested for filming police officers during a traffic stop. Fortunately, her record of success in court allowed her to defend that case. After all, Cassilly had defended the arrest of the man who filmed the police officer in action. In the end, her actions saved the life of a man whose innocence had been questioned.