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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2012
The victim was escorted into the Baltimore courtroom by guards. The four-time convicted drug dealer, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit as well as wrist and ankle shackles, said he didn't see who shot him in the back, but he told jurors that "word on the street" pinned it on "Dre" and "K-Rock. " Prosecutors had no other eyewitnesses, no gun, no bullet casings. One other issue complicated the case: The police detective originally assigned as the lead investigator also arrived at the courthouse in handcuffs — charged last summer with trafficking heroin — though he was never called to testify.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
The conviction of a former Baltimore County man in a deadly hotel bombing in Indonesia is seen as a turning point in the long-delayed prosecution of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Majid Shoukat Khan, who on Wednesday admitted to conspiring with Osama bin Laden and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in plots in Indonesia, Pakistan and the United States, is the first of the 14 so-called high-value detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be convicted....
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire refused a defense request Wednesday to strike charges against George Huguely V, finding that there was "ample evidence to support a jury finding in favor of all of the indictments" against the former University of Virginia student, including premeditated murder. Huguely is accused of drunkenly beating to death his former girlfriend, Cockeysville-native Yeardley Love, shortly before they were set to graduate. He is charged with murder, breaking and entering, assault, robbery and other crimes in connection with Love's death in 2010 and the theft of her laptop.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2012
- Prosecutors in the Charlottesville murder trial of George Huguely V plan to rest their case Wednesday, on the sixth day of testimony, against the former University of Virginia student, having portrayed him - largely through his own words - as an abusive, alcoholic brute. Defense attorneys, who will begin presenting their side, are likely to counter with an image of a naive jock who never meant to hurt Yeardley Love, his on-and-off girlfriend of two years. The 22-year-old from Cockeysville died in 2010, after Huguely, who's from Chevy Chase, confronted her about their relationship problems while they were both drunk late one Sunday night, a few weeks before they were set to graduate.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2012
On a cold December evening, Baltimore's top prosecutor stood before a roomful of city residents, most of whom would have given anything to be somewhere else. They had all lost a loved one to violence and were assembled to remember the dead. "Although I've only been the state's attorney for just about a year, it is something that I am single-minded about," Gregg L. Bernstein told the audience. "We are working harder and harder every day in an effort to reduce violence. " Being there was part of his plan.
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December 12, 2011
Let me see if I can get this straight. A political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to use election day robocalls in an effort to suppress black voter turnout during the 2010 gubernatorial election ("Schurick convicted," Dec. 7). In 2008, members of the New Black Panther Party stood at a Philadelphia polling place, shook a billy club, used menacing gestures, and made racial threats to intimidate voters. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department dismissed all charges against two of the men, and the third got a slap on the wrist and was told to simply not display a weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location on any election day in the city of Philadelphia until Nov. 15, 2012.
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December 12, 2011
Legislators who advocate projected classes are dim-witted. There is no need for any protected class whether it is for a racial, sexual orientation, religion or transgender class. A crime committed against anyone whether they are a "protected class" or not is a crime and should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Discrimination against anyone whether they are a protected class or not is ignorant, and only through public awareness, time, education and enlightenment will you overcome such ignorance.
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By Richard E. Vatz | December 11, 2011
As you read the initial outcome of the first political trial regarding robocalls, you may have thought you were in one of those totalitarian countries that calls itself the "Democratic Republic" of something or other. Or you may have thought you were in the Middle East. According to The Baltimore Sun's description, Paul Schurick, a former top aide to then-governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was found, by a Baltimore City jury, "guilty of fraud and related charges ... for his role in an Election Day 2010 robocall - a decision hailed by government watchdog groups ... " I cannot imagine anything more impressive than the opinions of "government watchdog groups.
NEWS
November 23, 2011
I read with skepticism John Fritze's article ("Illegal migrants hope for reprieve," Nov. 19) on President Obama's new policy of separating illegal immigrants between those who have or haven't committed a crime. I compliment Mr. Fritze for not sugarcoating Mr. Alfaro's status as many now do as "undocumented. " Mr. Alfaro is in this country illegally and will not explain how he did this. This also consequently makes him an accessory with those who bring aliens to this country illegally.
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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.
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