Baltimore defense attorney loses bid for new trial – CBS Baltimore


BALTIMORE (AP) — A prominent Baltimore defense attorney has lost his bid for a new trial on money laundering charges for a drug organization.

The Baltimore Sun reports that attorney Ken Ravenell requested a new trial on the grounds that jurors had not received instructions on the property before their deliberations. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady denied the request, writing in his decision that the court followed all the correct procedures in Ravenell’s first trial.

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In December, Ravenell, 61, was convicted of money laundering but was acquitted of narcotics, conspiracy and racketeering charges. Prosecutors alleged he aided a multi-state operation led by drug kingpin Richard Byrd, who was convicted in 2017 and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

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Several prominent defense attorneys have criticized the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland for the prosecutors’ handling of the case, accusing them of disrespecting the legal profession.

Ravenell is expected to be sentenced May 27. Prosecutors are asking for eight years in prison, while Ravenell’s attorney is asking for probation.

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