I was appointed an assistant public defender for Baltimore City a month later in 1973 assigned to represent individuals charged with stranger-to-stranger crimes of violence. I remained in that position until 1978. In that time I was involved in many major cases in Baltimore City and won acquittals in over fifty percent of my jury trials.
In the summer of 1978 I resigned my position to seek the democratic nomination for State’s Attorney in Baltimore City. I was endorsed by several local papers. The City Paper said, “though only 34 Keating may know more about Baltimore’s criminal justice system than anyone else. He’s played key roles both as boy wonder chief prosecutor and the city's best-known public defender”. The Sun in its endorsement said that “In nine years as a prosecutor and a defense counsel, he has built an excellent reputation as a trial lawyer. He is thoroughly familiar with the criminal justice system... Mr. Keating’s record suggests he would do all in his power to see that justice in Baltimore was racially blind...The Sun urges his nomination.”
I was not successful in the election but he was appointed Chief Counsel of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Attorney General’s Office in 1979 and remained in that capacity prosecuting white collar crime until 1981 when he resigned to commence a private practice. I have been a private practitioner since then.
In the intervening years I have represented hundreds of individuals in both federal and state court in both death penalty cases and relatively petty matters.
In 1981 he represented an accountant during a ten-week death penalty murder trial which to this date is still the longest murder trial in the State. In 1985 in another capital case Alan Murrel, the Public Defender for the State of Maryland requested me to represent an inmate serving life for murder in the alleged execution of a penitentiary guard. The trial lasted five weeks and I was successful in saving this inmate’s life.
I have appeared in serious criminal cases in twenty of the state’s 24 local subdivisions. I have been a success and failure at the District, Circuit, and Appellate Court levels. For several years I was on the faculty of the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers and I have been a guest lecturer at both law schools and other institutions.
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