The Week That Was

September 17, 2006

Political legend meets defeat

After a half-century run in politics that included stints as Maryland's governor and comptroller -- and what he described as his favorite post, mayor of Baltimore -- William Donald Schaefer ran third in the Democratic primary for comptroller. "I never thought I was going to lose," said Schaefer, 84.

Glitches plague primary

A series of human errors and technical mistakes marred the primary vote, forcing thousands in Montgomery County and Baltimore City to fill out provisional ballots and delaying the reporting of the results. Democrats and Republicans blamed each other, calling for the firing of election officials and investigations -- an indication that this could become a continuing dispute in the remaining weeks to the general election.

High court rules PSC board can stay

Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler and fellow members of the Public Service Commission board can finish their five-year terms, the state Court of Appeals ruled. It said a new law firing them usurped the governor's power of appointment. But the state's highest court said the part of the law giving the General Assembly a major role in appointing new members passes constitutional muster.

Elite police unit disbanded amid probe

One of the Baltimore Police Department's elite Special Enforcement Teams was disbanded amid allegations that it drew up sworn court papers with fictional or embellished scenarios to justify arrests. Police investigators are looking into the unit's activities and prosecutors are dropping cases based on its arrests.

Killer sentenced to life in prison

Raymont Hopewell, 35, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after pleading guilty in August for going on a murder rampage in Baltimore from 1999 until last September. He admitted killing five people, most of them elderly, as well as committing four rapes. Hopewell made a brief statement of contrition, but relatives of the victims derided it as insincere.

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