April 28, 2012
The criminal defense lawyers make the fair and typical plea for the "right to privacy" on behalf of the violent suspects they represent, but they ignore that the victim of a crime, be it an individual, a store or whatever, has not only lost their privacy but considerably more in the process ("Maryland police continue to collect DNA samples," April 26). There are consequences to bad behavior and if giving up your DNA is one of them, so be it. Peter Bell, Monkton
April 23, 2012
WEATHER Today's forecast calls for highs in the upper 40s and cold, windy and wet conditions. Tonight, winds are expected to remain up to 20 miles per hour and there is a 50 percent chance of rain or snow showers. TRAFFIC Check our traffic map for this morning's issues as you plan your commute. FROM THE WEEKEND... Residents evacuated after 3-alarm fire ignites Canton warehouse : The Baltimore City Fire Department battled a three-alarm fire at a warehouse at 1200 Baylis St. in the Canton area late into the night Sunday, bringing it under control around midnight.
April 22, 2012
Now in its 23rd year, Maryland's annual statewide memorial service for crime victims and their families, an official day of remembrance organized by prosecutors and the state Board of Victims Services, comes with a long roll call of the murdered or missing. The names now cover fully 28 pages in the program organizers hand out at the door to each of four services held across the state, and the music video that lists each name runs for most of an hour. Sunday, in Hagerstown in western Maryland, in Denton on the Eastern Shore, in Waldorf in southern Maryland and in the auditorium of Long Reach High School in Howard County, the families of victims gathered to remember their dead and to be among others who share the pain of losing a loved one to violent crime.
April 19, 2012
The Harford County State's Attorney's office is participating in National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 22-28 and will feature a program about presenting crime this Monday. This annual observance seeks to increase public awareness and knowledge among crime victims and survivors about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime, according to State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly. The theme for the 2012 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "Extending the Vision, Reaching Every Victim.
December 21, 2011
Dan Rodricks ' commentary on the towing industry highlights an obvious problem that allows towing companies to make a lot of money at the expense of vehicle owners ("Towing the line on property rights," Dec. 18). But the problem is even larger than Mr. Rodricks suggests. Victims of auto theft or crimes that result in the towing of their vehicle must pay all the associated fees required to retrieve their car after it is recovered by police. As Mr. Rodricks explained, this amount can quickly add up. This is an excellent example of secondary victimization that occurs when crime victims receive unfair and insensitive treatment in the aftermath of a crime.
November 30, 2011
I do not know Vivian Penda but I was touched and moved by her op-ed in which she shared her struggle following the murder of her son. In her powerful guest opinion she urged, "For the sake of victims' families, repeal the death penalty. " (Nov. 17.) It breaks my heart that she did not receive more support from our public agencies following her profound and tragic loss. Her words make it clearer than ever for me that it is time to re-focus our state's resources on approaches that reduce violence and provide much-needed support to crime victims.