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TRASH TALK Do renters generate more garbage than owners? The city of College Park, Md., thinks so. John McDermott, Craig Koenigs, and John Stackhouse of the D.C. office of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson are representing 72 owners of rental properties in the city who have filed 54 lawsuits against College Park. The owners are seeking a refund of their yearly $180 trash fee. The suits, pending in U.S. District Court for Maryland, charge that, since owners of single-family homes and apartments who do not rent out the spaces are not required to pay the additional assessment, the fee violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause and was imposed solely to generate revenue for the city’s general fund. — Bethany Broida CAUTIONARY TALE No stranger to the world of publishing, Tim Junkin of Rockville, Md.’s Moffett & Junkin is the author of two acclaimed novels, The Waterman (1999) and Good Counsel (2000). Yet in his latest effort, Junkin is trying his hand at nonfiction. Next month, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill will publish Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA. Like so many of Junkin’s fictional creations, the eponymous hero of his nonfiction book, Kirk Bloodsworth, is a waterman on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In 1984, he was wrongfully convicted of the sexual assault, rape, and first-degree premeditated murder of a 9-year-old Essex, Md., girl and sentenced to death. Nine years later, Bloodsworth was exonerated by DNA evidence. “Kirk’s story is one that deserves to be told,” says Junkin. “It shows how easy it is for a wrongful conviction to happen.” — Joel Chineson ATLA HONORS VOLUNTEERS Nine local lawyers have been honored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for taking part in Trial Lawyers Care, what ATLA bills as the largest free legal representation program ever undertaken. Lauded for representing pro bono families of 9/11 victims before the federal victim compensation fund were D.C.’s Kenneth Annis; Camille Biros of D.C.’s Feinberg Group; D.C.’s Thomas Fortune Fay; Reston, Va.’s Steven Garver; Robert Hall of Reston’s Hall, Sickels, Rostant, Frei & Kattenburg; Laurel, Md.’s John Hermina; D.C.’s Annie Kaplan; David Kopstein of Seabrook, Md.’s Dross, Levenstein, Perilman & Kopstein; and Alexandria, Va.’s Gerald Schwartz. — J.C.

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