November 22, 2013
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown is countering Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's proposed pledge to forgo third-party advertising in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial race with a suggested promise of his own: Let's be nice. Brown, who has been under pressure from Gansler for more than a week to agree to discourage groups that support the lieutenant governor from running ads on his behalf, challenged the attorney general and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County Thursday night to sign on to a "positive campaign pledge" under which each would agree not to attack the other two. Brown contended that Gansler's proposed pledge "missed the mark.
November 20, 2013
The politics surrounding marijuana in Maryland have come a long way during the last few years. A law allowing token penalties for those who claimed medical reasons for using the drug was controversial less than a decade ago. Now the state is launching a medical marijuana program, and the state Senate easily passed a bill this year decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot for any reason. Now, with polls showing a majority of the state favors outright legalization, a gubernatorial candidate is making a regulation-and-taxation scheme part of her platform.
October 17, 2013
After Robert G. Moore's cousin was killed, prosecutors say, he mobilized the rest of his family and declared war on an entire Baltimore block, vowing the "total obliteration" of the people he deemed responsible for the death. "To Robert Moore, revenge was more than what they talk about in the Bible, more than an eye for an eye, more than a tooth for a tooth," Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Madigan said in court Thursday. Moore, 45, is on trial along with his nephew, Quincy Chisholm, 22, and his brother, Anthony Roach, 36, in a spate of shootings that wounded five and killed one. Moore and Roach face murder and murder conspiracy charges.
October 16, 2013
Those who promote the right to carry around a handgun in public were no doubt disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week not to take up Maryland's handgun permit law. Certainly quite a few could be found sharing their rather disparaging views of the nation's highest court in colorful language on the Internet, including at baltimoresun.com. But what they should not be is surprised. While opponents of the Maryland law enjoyed a brief victory when a U.S. District Court judge found it violated the Second Amendment last year, that decision hinged on an overly broad view of District of Columbia V. Heller, the 2008 landmark Supreme Court case that spoke to the individual's right to own and bear firearms within the home.
October 9, 2013
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October 1, 2013
A federal judge rejected requests Tuesday to block Maryland's new ban on the sale of assault rifles and to prevent enforcement of a new handgun licensing program. In denying a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake said the plaintiffs undercut their argument for an emergency suspension of the gun control law by waiting to challenge it until a few days before it took effect. "This suit could have been brought months ago, but it was not," Blake said. The constitutional challenge to the ban — and whether the Second Amendment guarantees the right to buy an assault-style rifle to protect one's home — will be the subject of a future hearing and remains to be decided.