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Baltimore Magazine to name Mark J. Muffoletto among Maryland Super Lawyers for Eleventh Time.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Muffoletto will be recognized in Baltimore Magazine's  Super Lawyers Edition again in the area of DUI/DWI Defense. 

The Maryland Bar Foundation awards
Mark J. Muffoletto the Edward F. Shea, Jr. Award

We are pleased to announce that on June 9, 2011 Mr. Muffoletto is to receive the Edward F. Shea, Jr. Award for Professionalism. 

The Shea Award, created in 1996, was named in honor of Baltimore attorney and
past president of the MSBA, the late Edward F. Shea, Jr. The award recognizes a
MSBA young lawyer who exemplifies the professionalism, civility, integrity,
compassion, and commitment to public service embodied by Mr. Shea throughout
his career. Any lawyer admitted to practice in Maryland, who is a member of the
Maryland State Bar Association, and who will not reach the age of 38 before the end
of the Bar year, was eligible for nomination.

Ed Shea is recognized as the father of Maryland's Professionalism Course. He
chaired the MSBA's first Professionalism Committee, led the effort to develop and
implement practical training in professionalism and ethics for young attorneys, and
championed the adoption of Rule 11 by the Court of Appeals which institutionalized
the Professionalism Course as a part of every new bar admittee's initiation into the
practice of law.

Examples of the kinds of qualities and actions that are viewed favorably by the
Award Committee are:

-establishment of a reputation and a tradition of professionalism, defined by Dean
Roscoe Pound as " the pursuit of a learned art as a common calling in the spirit
of public service;"
- contribution of time and resources to public service or charitable activities;
- encouragement, through deeds, of respect for the law and our legal system;
- involvement in work to make the legal system more accessible to the poor
and the working poor;
- encouragement of other lawyers to develop and maintain their knowledge
of the law and proficiency in practice;
- demonstration of a high degree of courtesy, personal dignity, and
professional integrity

May 5, 2011

Mark Muffoletto is installed
as Howard County Bar Association President

We are pleased to announce that on May 5, 2011, Mark Muffoletto was installed as the next President of the Howard County Bar Association for the 2011-2012 term.



Baltimore Magazine Names Mark J. Muffoletto among Maryland Super Lawyers for Third Consecutive Year.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Muffoletto was recognized in Baltimore Magazine's 2011 Super Lawyers Edition as a Rising Star in the Concentration of DUI/DWI Defense.  Please click on the link to the left to view the profile

Marijuana farm found in Ellicott City home
after fatal car crash, police say

Authorities seize 19 large plants and paraphernalia, charge owner

By Yeganeh June Torbati and Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

4:12 PM EST, December 23, 2010

While looking for signs of structural damage after a car crashed into an Ellicott City home and set it ablaze earlier this month, fire officials found something else: a basement marijuana farm, complete with a hydroponic system, lighting and 19 large pot plants, according to Howard County police.

On Wednesday morning, police arrested the owner of the home, Richard Kyle Marriott, 44, who faces drug possession and distribution charges.

Leonard H. Shapiro, Marriott's lawyer, said his client turned himself in and "has been cooperative. I think the evidence is going to show he's not distributing. It was for personal use," Shapiro said. Marriott runs a snowball stand during warm weather and works as a caterer, according to Shapiro.

The investigation started on the evening of Dec. 10, after a 20-year-old Elkridge man, Bryan Thomas Bolster, crashed his BMW into Marriott's house on the 5100 block of Montgomery Road, partially setting it on fire. Bolster died in the accident, and witnesses told police that the car was being driven at a high rate of speed.

Marriott was inside with another person, and both ran out of the house uninjured.

Mary Marriott, who lives on the same block as her son, said the car that hit the home destroyed her son's vehicle parked out front before clearing a 4-foot-high wall and crashing into the residence.

"When they built that development and widened the turn lane, it's like a straight beeline to his door," she said. "He can't live in it right now," adding that her son is searching for a place to stay. "It's Christmastime, and he doesn't have a car."

While searching the home, fire investigators found the plants and equipment inside. Police said they seized the drugs and paraphernalia and launched an investigation, which culminated in Marriott's arrest Wednesday.

Court records indicate Marriott posted a $15,000 bond and was released Wednesday.

According to police, the basement of Marriott's home was divided into four sections, each devoted to a different stage of growing marijuana plants. In Marriott's bedroom, police said, they found a five-gallon bucket filled with marijuana buds and seeds, as well as a digital scale.

Marriott has had several traffic citations and is facing an $8,000 civil judgment awarded to Kelsey's Restaurant on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, according to court records. Mark J. Muffoletto, the restaurant's attorney, said Marriott had a catering partnership with the restaurant but defaulted on his end of the bargain.

In the latest incident involving Marriott, he was charged with speeding, driving under the influence and driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol on Montgomery Road at Red Hill Way after being stopped at 2:41 a.m. July 11. He is due for a District Court trial Jan. 19.,0,243824.story

Baltimore Magazine Names Mark J. Muffoletto among Maryland Super Lawyers for Second Consecutive Year.[2010-01-01]

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Muffoletto was recognized in Baltimore Magazine's 2010 Super Lawyers Edition as a Rising Star in the Concentration of DUI/DWI Defense.  Please click on the link to the left to view the profile

Baltimore Magazine names Mark Muffoletto among Maryland Super Lawyers [2009-03-03]

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Muffoletto was recognized in Baltimore Magazine's 2009 Super Lawyers Edition as a Rising Star in the Concentration of DUI/DWI Defense.  Please click on the link to the left to view the profile.





Victim Angered by Plea Bargain

Ari Natter, Staff Writer - Carroll County Times


Victim Angered by Plea Bargain

By Ari Natter, Times Staff Writer Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Manchester woman who was injured in a collision with a drunken driver last year is outraged at a plea bargain deal the State's Attorney's Office offered the man accused of hitting her.

Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Galvin recommended Wednesday in Carroll County Circuit Court that Scott Grubb, of Littlestown, Pa., serve just 30 days in jail for the accident.

"I feel like I'm being victimized twice," said the accident victim, Denise Stracke, 45. "I thought the State's Attorney's Office was there to represent the people of the state."

Stracke said she was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that included a neck broken in two places, concussion, collapsed lungs and six broken ribs after the collision February 2005 in Manchester.

According to court records, Grubb, 24, had a blood alcohol content of .29 after the crash. The legal limit in Maryland is .08.

Carroll Circuit Judge Michael Galloway found Grubb guilty Wednesday but deferred sentencing until July 5.

Galvin said she chose not to take the case to trial because she was worried the defense would challenge the validity of the blood alcohol evidence. Galvin said no one from the Maryland State Police was available to conduct an official blood alcohol content reading on Grubb after the accident, so the .29 reading that was taken at the hospital.

"By doing it this way, we guarantee that we ask for jail and we have the opportunity to ask for restitution," she said. "It's a real toss-up if it goes to trial."

Restitution in the case, Galvin said, is more than $18,000.

Galvin said her case was further weakened by an accident report from the Manchester Police Department that faulted Stracke for turning in front of Grubb's vehicle.

In return for pursuing driving while impaired charges, which have a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, instead of the more serious driving under the influence charges, which can carry up to a year in jail, Grubb's attorney, Mark J. Muffoletto, has agreed not to challenge the BAC evidence.

"We were prepared to challenge any type of reading," Muffoletto said. "It was honestly a situation where it could have been an all or nothing for both sides."

Stracke can seek additional damages in civil court as well, added Deputy State's Attorney Clarence William Beall III.

Conversely, Stracke said Grubb has filed a civil suit against her seeking $500,000 in damages on grounds she failed to avoid the accident.

Nancy Kelly, a volunteer with the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who sat in during the court proceedings Wednesday, said she was disturbed by the proceedings.

"I've done a lot of court monitoring, and I've seen a lot of DUI cases ... and this one is very troubling," she said. "This crash resulted in a very, very serious injury. Ms. Stracke nearly died and it seemed to be treated very routinely."