In search of evidence ... against the prosecutor


August 16, 2006|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Only in the birthplace of "Stop Snitching" could a campaign for a top law-enforcement office look like an ad for the witness protection program. Steve Fogleman, candidate for Baltimore state's attorney, called on prosecutors yesterday to drop a dime on incumbent Patricia Jessamy. Alleging "a culture of terror at Mrs. Jessamy's office," Fogleman stopped just short of offering plastic surgery and a new identity for anyone willing to give up The Boss.

At a press conference outside downtown's Mitchell Courthouse, Fogleman announced the creation of a "Whistleblower Hotline," which his campaign staff will answer, and an e-mail address, He even suggested that e-mail tipsters go by way of an anonymous e-mail service,, just so they don't leave fingerprints.

Aren't prosecutors, along with police, supposed to be the good guys? This sounds more like Goodfellas. What's Fogleman looking for? Stuff like the leaked e-mail that was the subject of his morning presser. Sent from Jessamy spokeswoman Margaret Burns to prosecutors on Aug. 3, it began: "All - Mrs. J has an interview with the media today and would like to show the reporter examples of any cases where the ... [police surveillance] camera footage is grainy, blurry and hard to see for court identification purposes."

Fogleman called it proof that Jessamy "fights cops, not crime." Burns said she was just providing information to a reporter writing about problems with the cameras.

As for the "culture of terror" claim, Burns said: "It just really is nonsense."

For any would-be whistleblowers out there, the hotline is (410) 522-2688. When I called to double-check the number, Fogleman himself picked up.

A celebrity stands out among Ulman donors

Don't be surprised to hear Sheryl Crow sing, "All I wanna do .. is get Ken Ulman elected." The Howard county councilman, who's running for county exec, got a $500 contribution in April from one Sheryl Suzanne Crow.

I know what you're thinking: Not another Grammy-winner trying to meddle in Howard County politics!

Ulman tells The Sun's Larry Carson that Crow knows his brother, Doug Ulman, who works for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. In an August Vanity Fair article, Crow said that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer early this year, she sought support from Doug Ulman instead of Armstrong - "the world's most famous cancer survivor" - because she and Armstrong had just broken up.

"Crow says that soon after the diagnosis she reached out to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's chief mission officer, Doug Ulman, a three-time cancer survivor himself, for guidance," the magazine said. "`Doug was the guy that I would always e-mail and say, `Oh, my girlfriend's mother has cancer,' or `Who's a good doctor?' - whatever the situation. I bet I would BlackBerry him every couple of weeks,' she says. `And I BlackBerry'd him and said, `O.K., this time it's me. And I need your help.'"

So no wonder Crow was willing to write a check. But don't expect the rest of the campaign finance report to read like People magazine. Among the more typical entries: $1,000 from grandma Rose Ulman of Pikesville.

Connect the dots . . .

Helpful tips from The Ruscombe Mansion, a Baltimore holistic health center that sent out a news release to mark Cataract Awareness Month: "It is important to breathe and blink." ... Dana Petersen Moore, an attorney and partner with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, files this dispatch from the front lines of the war on terror: "Turns out that lip gloss is the new weapon of mass destruction. I had to dump my tube at the security check here at the Detroit airport! It was a cocoa sugar color, Chanel, and I just loved it. The security guard did too." ... Steve Fogleman, the perspiring and aspiring Baltimore State's Attorney, mopped his face with a washcloth before his presser yesterday and said sweat was the only thing holding him back in politics. "As soon as Under Armour starts making suits," he said, "I'm going to run for mayor." ...

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