September 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Circuit Court Prepares to Resume Jury Trials for First Time Since March

On Monday, Oct. 5 Maryland courts will enter Phase 5 of reopening. This means all courts will be fully operational and for circuit courts, it means jury trials are back on for the first time since March. The Montgomery County Circuit Court has many COVID-19 precautions in place like plexiglass and physical distancing. Some jurors […]

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September 6, 2018 | Staff Writer

Tessier Trial Ends Before it Begins

The trial for the murder of Laura Wallen ended this morning as news broke of Tyler Tessier’s death. The man accused of killing Wallen was found hanging in his jail cell around 5 a.m. Efforts to resuscitate Tessier were unsuccessful. Tessier was on trial for killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Wallen, a year ago. He […]

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August 17, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Debelius Rides into Retirement (VIDEO)

Judge John Debelius retired as administrative judge for Montgomery County. Over a career that spanned 16 years, Debelius oversaw the construction of the new courthouse as well as a number of cases. MyMCMedia talked to several people who knew the judge, and all had a high opinion of him. Here’s what he had to say […]

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October 1, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Annapolis Budget Wrap Up on Montgomery Communications Media County Report This Week

New Law with Harsher Penalties Goes into Effect Oct. 1 for Providing Alcohol to Underage Drinkers

There’s a new that goes into effect on Saturday, October 1 for adults who provide minors with alcohol. It’s been a little over one year since the deaths of Alex Murk and Calvin Li, who were both killed in a high speed and drunk-driving crash in June 2015. The two 18-year-olds were passengers in Sam […]

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June 10, 2016 | Maureen Chowdhury

Judge Sentences Sam Ellis to Four Years in Prison (VIDEO)

A former Wootton High School quarterback involved in a fatal crash last summer that killed two of his friends was sentenced to serve four years in prison on Thursday. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, below, watch the news conference following the sentencing hearing. Sam Ellis, 19, of North Potomac, was sentenced to 20 years in […]

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November 2, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Courthouse Construction Closes Monroe Street Entrance (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

The Monroe Street entrance to the Montgomery County Circuit Court is closed from now thru September of 2016 because of construction. All jurors and visitors to the Circuit Court can enter the Courthouse through the Maryland Avenue entrance or follow the signs through the Judicial Center Courtyard near the water fountain and flags to enter […]

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November 2, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Five Things to Know Today, Nov. 2, in Montgomery County

Here are your five things to know today, Nov. 2, in Montgomery County, Maryland: 1. There is no school for Montgomery County Public Schools students today. It is a Professional Day for teachers. 2. The Monroe Street entrance to the Montgomery County Circuit Court is closing today for construction and will not be reopened until […]

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July 20, 2015 | Cindy Peña

Ike Leggett Does His Civic Duty

UPDATED JULY 21 Folks waiting to be called for jury may have been surprised to see County Executive Ike Leggett among the group. Like all Montgomery County residents who are licensed drivers and/or registered voters, Leggett was at the Montgomery County Circuit Courthouse doing his civic duty. He was eventually called into a courtroom for the first round of jury selection late […]

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May 16, 2014 | Sonya Burke

Courthouse’s South Tower Opens (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Montgomery County officials are celebrating the official opening of the Circuit Courthouse’s south tower, which includes ten, state-of-the-art courtrooms, eight hearing rooms, mediation facilities and offices. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the six-story south tower was held on May 15 in Rockville. The new building is located at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Maryland Avenue. […]

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January 4, 2013 | Staff Writer

Same Sex Marriage: Making History in Montgomery County (Photos & Videos)

UPDATED As of Jan. 1, same sex marriage is legal in the state of Maryland. Although the courthouse was closed on New Year’s Day, it reopened on Jan. 2 with several same sex weddings on the calendar. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke met some of these local couples who wasted no time getting to the altar in Montgomery […]

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