Chief judge recalls a court career that started with his arrest

Chief Judge Robert Bell’s first experience with the court system didn’t come during his studies at Harvard Law School nor when he opened his legal practice in 1969. Bell was introduced to the court system the hard way.

In his junior year at Dunbar High School, in 1960 the 17-year-old bell was arrested for involvement in a sit-in demonstration at a restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

State Roundup, October 1, 2012

More than 250 new laws have taken effect today, from car seat riders to chemotherapy coverage; a Sun poll finds same-sex marriage support surges; city students rally to support the DREAM Act as Post does a cost-benefit analysis; redistricting gives Maryland Democrats a fighting chance and also allows them to repeal the map; Penn National spends $18 million to defeat gaming expansion, and is expected to spend double; who will replace Dels. Ross and Bobo?; although not in office, Wayne Gilchrest continues service to Eastern Shore; Baltimore City phone scandal heats up over emails; and Montgomery faces $71 million budget hole.