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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Judges in the news: Michele D. Hotten

(Updated 22 Jan 2006)
Michele D. Hotten
Associate Judge, 7th Judcicial Circuit
(since December 1, 1995)
Biography (Maryland State Archives)
Biography (Prince George's County)

  • Priest sex-abuse victim presses on
    • Times, 22 Jan 2006 (by Jon Ward, The Washington Times).
    . . . Donna Kollars confronted and helped convict the Catholic priest who abused her 28 years ago. Now she wants to protect others upon his scheduled released today from the Prince George's County jail.
    [. . .]
    Last year, Mrs. Kollars pressed charges against Benham, who pleaded guilty to sodomizing her and to molesting a then-15-year-old boy named Matthew Ponton, who today is a lieutenant colonel in the Army.

    Prince George's Circuit Court Judge Michelle Hotten sentenced Benham to 10 years for each crime, but suspended all but 18 months.

    Col. Ponton had asked Judge Hotten to limit Benham's sentence to 18 months "to broker a sense of forgiveness and compassion."
    [. . .]
  • "Charter School Funding Decision Reversed"
  • A Prince George's Circuit Court judge has dealt a setback to Maryland charter school advocates, reversing a state decision on funding for the schools.

    The Nov. 10 ruling by Judge Michele D. Hotten was a victory for the county school system in its battle over funding for the proposed Lincoln Public Charter School. Based in the Marlow Heights neighborhood near Southeast Washington, Lincoln would be the county's first charter school.

    Hotten wrote that the Maryland State Board of Education erred in May opinions that were meant to issue statewide guidance for charter school funding. The state board, Hotten ruled, "acted in an arbitrary and capricious fashion" in issuing guidelines that grant charter schools more money per pupil than many local school officials believe is warranted.

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