HAGERSTOWN - A man who attempted a violent escape from the Washington County Courthouse in 1979 was back in one of its courtrooms Thursday afternoon.
James E. Moore was convicted in 1982 of trying to maim a Maryland Correctional Institution correctional officer during the escape attempt, according to Herald-Mail reports.
On Thursday, Moore was scheduled for a hearing for post conviction relief. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Whitney, in December 2007 filed a petition asking for a new trial in Moore's case.
Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. recused himself from the hearing at Whitney's request, and continued the hearing.
Long, while serving as an Assistant State's Attorney, twice prosecuted Moore, the judge said.
According to the state's evidence presented at trial in 1982, Moore was at the courthouse along with another inmate to testify as a defense witness in his brother's trial. Moore was not called to testify, but was detained with another inmate, George Brown, for about eight hours.