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September 29, 2014
Finally! With Eric Holder's resignation, thus ends the embarrassing reign of the nation's top attorney ( "The Holder legacy," Sept. 28). Charged with upholding the properly enacted laws of Congress (which express the will of the American people), Mr. Holder, along with his equally responsible chum, President Barack Obama, arrogantly chose not to uphold or defend several laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. Argue what you will about the same-sex marriage issue, it was not Mr. Holder's job to decide what should or should not be. That's the job of Congress.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
A National Guardsman who was charged in the Baltimore jail smuggling case while deployed to Afghanistan was arrested Tuesday in Waco, Texas, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Derrick Jones, 41, a K-9 officer, was charged in the sprawling case last month, accused of smuggling phones and other contraband for Black Guerrilla Family gang members incarcerated at the Baltimore City Detention Center. But before the charges were filed Jones had shipped to Afghanistan with his Maryland National Guard unit.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Vernon L. Hackett's latest stint at the Howard County Detention Center ended early last month after 54 days awaiting trial on a misdemeanor theft charge that was eventually dropped. The 41-year-old from Baltimore City says he's been in and out of the jail in Jessup five or six times, and in the last 22 years has also done turns in three other county jails and two state prisons - always on charges of theft, drug sale or possession, and probation violations. This time, he says, it's going to be different.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 6, 2010
Chauncey Jones is just the kind of guy the state parole and probation system's Violence Prevention Initiative was created to keep tabs on. But his inclusion on the list and multiple allegations of violations weren't enough to send him back to jail before he was charged with murder. Jones, who turned 18 last month and stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, has a knack for acquiring guns; he was convicted twice for handgun possession as a juvenile and once as an adult. Given probation instead of prison, Jones had repeated infractions that prompted his probation agent to beg District Judge C. Yvonne Holt-Stone four times to lock him up - none of which was successful.
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April 29, 2013
When Laura Neuman took over John Leopold's position as Anne Arundel County executive, her first order of business was to fire his existing staff, saying his proven corruption could have only existed through the connivance of those around him. That was very insightful on her part, but doesn't the same reasoning apply to the corruption uncovered at the Baltimore City Detention Center ("Corruption alleged at jail," April 24)? How could all of this have gone on for so long unless many people deliberately turned their backs to what was happening?
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By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2010
Activists have launched a last-minute attempt to halt construction of a $100 million jail for Baltimore teenagers facing adult charges, saying the state needs to have a broader conversation about how to deal with young criminals. Groundbreaking for the 180-bed facility, at the state-owned complex that includes a dozen other prison buildings just east of downtown Baltimore, is scheduled for this fall. "This is a building that nobody wants and barely anybody knows about," said Terry Hickey, director of the Community Law in Action Center, which tutors jailed teens.
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February 24, 2011
Bernie Madoff's scheme did not go unnoticed; it is well documented by now that many in the financial industry knew that something was wrong, but, because there is so much questionable activity in this industry, nothing was said ("Lessons from a swindler," Feb. 24). It's the "code of honor. " Whereas everyone can be happy for the victims that seem to be getting their money back and some legal satisfaction as a result of a private investigator, we all must ask, why can't the federal government obtain one criminal prosecution of a high ranking bank official?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 15, 2014
Fair warning: this book will make you angry. "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of stories. Like the Vietnamese refugee and rape victim in San Diego who applied for public assistance, only to be visited by a "welfare inspector" who barged into her home and began yelling that he would take her children away if he found she was lying about being destitute and not having a man. All this as he's rummaging through her belongings.
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By Catherine Candisky and Catherine Candisky,Contributing Writer | November 5, 1992
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Convicted killer Harold Benjamin Dean, the only person ever to escape from Maryland's Supermax prison, complained at a hearing yesterday that he was treated better there than in the Franklin County Jail in Columbus, where he is being held on $1 million bail.In a brief session in the county Common Pleas Court, Judge Paul Martin granted a county prosecutor's request to hold Dean for up to 60 more days -- the deadline for authorities to secure an extradition order from Maryland's governor.
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May 24, 1992
The Baltimore City Detention Center may still be a dismal, overcrowded place, but conditions have improved significantly since the state took control of it last year, a new report finds.Article on Page 1B
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