Release Mary Root and let her live the remainder of her life with her dogs "nolle prosequi" this case!!!!
  • Petitioned Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper

This petition was delivered to:

Administrative Clerk Terri Mumma
Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper

Release Mary Root and let her live the remainder of her life with her dogs "nolle prosequi" this case!!!!

    1. K. Cook
    2. Petition by

      K. Cook

      havre de grace, MD

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April 2014

Victory

K. Cook: Mrs. Root will be able to keep her dogs. Some of the charges were dropped and the rest were put on "stet" for one year.

Mary Root is an 81 year old great-grandmother that was charged with four counts of not having her dogs licensed, eight counts of "a dog at large". She was unable to attend the court hearing due to medical reasons; Judge Cooper issued a bench warrant for her arrest. She was arrested held without bail. Her bail review, the next day, was set at $2500.00 and she had to get rid of her dogs. Mary declined to be released because she refuses to get rid of her dogs. With todays criminal activities this whole ordeal is incredulous. We need to show support for Mary's decision and to implore Judge Cooper to rid this ridiculous case "nolle prosequi" immediatly.http://www.wbaltv.com/news/harford-county-greatgrandmother-locked-up/24824768

To:
Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper, Administrative Clerk Terri Mumma
Release Mary Root and let her live the remainder of her life with her dogs! Nolle Prosequi" all cases. Allow her to always have her dogs.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. radio interview 3/25/2014

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Below is a link to an interview that Mary did. very good interview.
      http://www.trunews.com/listen/

      scroll down, find her name, hit download and listen, show is about an hour long.

    2. 3/23/14 Part 2

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      We are hoping to attend The People's Common Law group one Sunday but due to conflicting schedules seems nearly impossible. (I really want to meet this group of people, especially Jenna Rae Aguilar, who reached out to us and extended the invitation. We also have over 3000 signatures on the petition (WWW.change.org) that another stranger/now friend, Katie Cook, started on day 1 of this ordeal. We continue to pray and allow Gods will to prevale. Thank you all again for your continued support. This fight IS NOT over. Xoxo from our family to yours!

    3. update 3/23/14 from Mary's daughter, Vatina!!!!! part 1

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Vatina Rice Gifford
      Mother update: My mother continues to stay with me for now so she can continue to be with her dogs and recover from the nightmare of being incarcerated. She was contacted by a man in South America who is part of a radio station in Vera Beach, Fla. After speaking with him at great lengths, she has agreed to do a radio interview next week. The Aegis newspaper has run another article on her this past Fri, (A5) only this time they were contacted by a physician/activist in NJ that heard about this from a friend who saw it on a news channel serving NY/NJ/CT. She is outraged and plans to attend the court hearing on April 9th, possibly with other activists. We also spoke with an attorney this past week and will meet again this week.

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. march 13

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      The Aegis will have a follow up story stay tuned !!!!!

    6. Part 6

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      According to Gifford, one of Root's longtime neighbors takes photos of the dogs, when they get loose, and sends the photos to the animal control.

      "My mom has gotten other violations over the years, but these seven, she just couldn't pay," Gifford said. "She is on a fixed income."

    7. part 5

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      According to Root's daughter, her mother is just an animal lover. She said her mom has owned several animals including dogs, an iguana and snakes over the years. Gifford and another daughter, who declined to give her name, attended Wednesday's bail hearing.

      "She's very passionate about her animals," Gifford said following the hearing. "They do get out, but they don't hurt anybody. They have never attacked, never bitten, tore up property or defecated on anyone's property."

      Gifford said her mother lives on more than 1-1/2 acres in a semi-rural area known as Webster Village, a few miles northwest of Havre de Grace. She said her mother's property is fenced around, but occasionally someone makes a mistake and leaves the gates open.

    8. part 4

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Root was given 30 days to pay the citations, but failed to do so, the charging documents state.

      An assistant state's attorney said he was "not opposed to releasing Root on her own recognizance" but he noted Root has another pending case for dog-related charges.

      According to court documents, Root is also charged with one count of dog at-large and four counts dog license and term of license violations dating from last May 8. She has a trial date scheduled in April.

      "I love those animals," Root told Cooper. "I take really good care of those animals."

      A person who answered the phone Wednesday at Harford County Animal Control Services said the agency could not release any information about Root's civil citations.

      Harford State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who filed the criminal information against Root on the earlier citations, said Wednesday evening he did not have the case file available and couldn't comment on the specifics of the charges.

      Just an animal lover

    9. Part 3

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Root has lived in Maryland her entire life and at her current residence on Oak Drive for 40 years, David said. She said Root is a widow and had four children, two of whom have died. Root was valedictorian from high school and worked at the Fort Detrick Army installation in Frederick and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Ordinance Center and School before retiring.

      According to court records, the county issued a warrant for Root's arrest on Feb. 12 after she failed to appear for a court hearing in November for the civil citations.

      David said Root suffered a great deal of stress upon finding out about the warrant and was admitted to Harford Memorial Hospital on Valentine's Day.

      According to charging documents, one of Root's neighbors on U Way "was able to take photos of the dog being loose and off of their property" on the dates listed in the citations. There were five citations issued for Feb. 16, 2013, and one each for the other two dates.

    10. Part two

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Tatiana David, of the public defender's office, who represented Root at the hearing, asked the judge to release Root on her own recognizance, since Root had no prior convictions and needed to deal with her failing health.

      Cooper, however, ordered that Root be held in lieu of $2,500 bail and, if she posted bond and was released, to have no animals on her property. Root was released from jail early Thursday morning after a person family members characterized as a "stranger" paid the required 10 percent of her bail, $250. Vantina Gifford, 52, of Charlestown, said her mother is resting at her home in Cecil County and brought the dogs with her.

      The family is looking for homes for some of the dogs, and Gifford said her mother plans to return to court to fight the charges.

      David told the court Wednesday that Root suffers from several conditions, including chest pain, hypodemia, poor leg circulation and damage related to chemotherapy.

    11. story fro Aegis part one

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Mary Magdalene Root, 81, who lives near Havre de Grace, was jailed on $2,500 bail Wednesday on seven counts of allegedly letting her dogs run at-large a year ago.

      Root was kept overnight Wednesday at Harford County Detention Center and was released after posting bail Thursday morning, according to court records.

      Root is charged with failing to pay seven $75 civil citations for three incidents on Feb. 13, 2013, March 1, 2013 and March 10, 2013 in which her dogs – a tan terrier mix and a black and tan Chihuahua – were loose near her home, in the 4100 block of Oak Drive, according to charging documents.Root, who was present through a closed-circuit TV hookup from the Harford County Detention Center, had a bail hearing before Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper in Bel Air Wednesday afternoon. Court records show Root's arrest was processed earlier Wednesday.

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. news video

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer
      Harford County great-grandmother released from jail

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    14. Mary was released

      K. Cook
      by K. Cook
      Petition Organizer

      Mary was released from the detention center at 5:00 AM, today. she still has to relinquish ALL of her dogs and is never allowed to have another pet again!!!!!!. She is currently being interviewed by WBAL for a story to air, I believe sometime today. Her hearing is set for April 9, 2014 at 10:30 in courtroom 3. I will notify any further updates as they occur. Thanks everyone!!

    15. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Kristie Hart EDGEWOOD, MD
      • 6 months ago

      Cooper really should not be a judge. It's like she takes her anger out on civilians because her personal life is not a happy one, and the simple fact certain judges are given so much money for each person that does get incarcerated. I seriously hope all the attention Mary's case has gotten pays off and ends in her favor. My family is full of animal lovers, they are not just "pets" they become part of the family and are treated as such. They give just as much love as they recieve and are very loyal. Taking away part of Mary's "family" I'm sure had an effect on them just as much as it did her. More stress and anxiety this judge has added to this situation is so uncalled for Cooper should be ashamed of herself!

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    • Sharon Presley MARTINEZ, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Why is so much time being spent on this harmless woman when there are real crimes out there. This is just mean-spirited and wrong.

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    • Ashley Wilson WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Imagine if this was your mother or grandmother. Shame on the judge who kept this poor woman in jail! What about focusing on actual cases with victims, not some victimless loose dog witch hunt!

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    • Chesta Drake ROSWELL, GA
      • 6 months ago

      It is heinous to separate this woman and her family ---her dogs. Let them go home together and drop all fines and charges.

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    • Charlotte Grupp BALTIMORE, MD
      • 6 months ago

      This woman is not a criminal. Courts need to prosecute murderers, drug dealer, animal abusers, child abusers and wife beaters. I have pets who are part of my family.

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