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December 17, 1993
An armed robber who spent 13 months in the Harford County jail before he was convicted is appealing that jury verdict on grounds he was denied a speedy trial guaranteed by law. The right to a speedy trial is defined by Maryland law as 180 days from the date a suspect is arraigned or a lawyer appears to represent him in Circuit Court.But it is a legal right that is sometimes bent, twisted and tempered to the convenience of a judicial system with its own priorities.Such is the case of Douglas J. Moore, of Middle River, who was convicted of robbing a Fallston convenience store in September 1992 with a handgun.
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NEWS
March 26, 2013
Two points I would like to make regarding Mr. Rodricks' column ("To monitor farm pollution, use drones," Mar. 24). First, I generally agree that the governor and the legislature should stay out of the University of Maryland Law Clinic's business, but when the law clinic goes so far afield and acts in direct contravention to their stated mission, someone needs to hold them accountable. Their dean certainly isn't going to, nor is their Board of Visitors. Consider this: a core commitment of the law school's mission statement is, "The pursuit of justice through improving legal delivery systems and serving those who have been disadvantaged by the legal system or denied access to it. " The law clinic's client was the Waterkeeper Alliance, which was founded and is led by Robert Kennedy Jr. According to its annual report, its fiscal 2012 revenues were $4.6 million, and expenses were $3.4 million; that is a $1.2 million profit for one year (and they are a non-profit)
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By Richard A. Clarke | November 13, 2011
In the wake of Sept. 11, there were many over-reactions. As a result of some of them, our hard-won constitutional rights were eroded. There were also attempts to gain partisan political advantage by claiming to be tougher on terror than the other guy. Unfortunately, some of that kind of dangerous over-reaction and game playing is still happening. A phony problem has been manufactured, and the solution created to solve it would damage all of our rights and undermine our legal system.
NEWS
June 2, 2011
Detectives Tyrone Francis and Milton Smith are a disgrace to the Baltimore Police Department ("Police misconduct sentences," June 2). These men have gotten off without any real punishment solely because they are police officers. If any working class citizen had taken two boys and dropped them off far from their homes, without a doubt they would face serious jail time. Not only have they disgraced themselves, but they have shown what Baltimore policemen "do for fun. " Without a doubt, these men should have faced serious jail time for their horrific acts against these two 15-year-old boys.
NEWS
May 3, 2012
Dan Rodricks ' recent column ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1) represents the stereotyping, discriminatory and Nazi-like bias against a single breed of dogs. Maybe he should do his own research instead of standing blindly behind one legal ruling. Nothing is ever black and white and especially when it comes to our legal system. Yes, pit bulls are strong animals and have a history of being abused in fighting rings because they are also loyal animals who will do anything for their owners.
NEWS
December 6, 2010
I am appalled by the Baltimore Sun's coverage of the recent incident in which a black teenager was allegedly beaten up by a member of Shomrim ( "Tension in Park Heights," Dec. 5). Our justice system requires a presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law. Yet your reporters chose to totally disregard that basic tenet, tried and convicted a young man with no prior criminal record and then chose to interview rabble-rousing clergymen to justify their "verdict" and try to create a rift between the black and Jewish communities.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
Thanks for the fascinating article about the Bradley Foundations financed by donations originating from the Koch and Scaife billions ("The right's $350 million idea train," Dec. 18). Too bad this wealth cannot be devoted to good works like alleviating poverty, ignorance and disease, as the Rockefeller and Carnegie fortunes did in the past and Gates, Buffet and Soros families are doing at present. Instead, the Bradley Foundation is acting as a "malefactor of great wealth," as Teddy Roosevelt famously put it, to peddle its extreme right-wing ideology.
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By George F. Will | April 7, 1997
WASHINGTON -- O.J. Simpson has begun to pay the price of double murder: He must surrender his silverware.And this is not the most dismaying recent outcome from the criminal-justice system.On August 18, 1989, the Menendez brothers, Erik and Lyle, drove from Los Angeles to San Diego to buy shotguns and birdshot, using false identifications. That night they slept in their wealthy parents' Los Angeles home, and the next morning exchanged the birdshot shells for more deadly buckshot. Later that day they went boating with their parents.
NEWS
May 21, 2012
Marriage is a choice that two people make, and the legal system shouldn't be a third party to the decision. Making same-sex marriage illegal is akin to criminalizing a black person's marriage to a white person or an American's right to marry a Mexican. The law has no business in the personal choice of who to marry. An American should have the right to marry the person of their choice. I am disgusted by the self-righteous, pious church-going Americans who want to "protect the sanctity of marriage" by forbidding gay people the right to marry.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Beijing Bureau of The Sun | July 10, 1995
BEIJING -- He drives a Lincoln, works out of a hotel and has plans to open new law offices with Ivy League talent. A high-powered U.S. lawyer hoping for lucrative business abroad? Try Zhang Chijun, one of a new breed of Chinese lawyer riding China's legal boom.His ambitions may seem incongruous with China's communist rule and with its ancient past, where law and politics were inseparable, but Mr. Zhang and lawyers like him are proof that China is developing a rough and ready legal system that can resolve disputes.
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