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NEWS
March 10, 1999
HOW SERIOUS are judges and law-enforcement leaders about reforming Baltimore's malfunctioning criminal-justice system?Baltimoreans should find out today, when the newly resurrected criminal justice coordinating council convenes for the second time. That informal panel must commit to leading the turnaround of a dysfunctional court system whose inefficiencies and backlogs contribute to Baltimore's crime problems. Among the most pressing decisions that must agreed upon:* Timetables for action.
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NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | July 29, 1994
Although he called a city contract offer "a slap in the face" to Baltimore's police force, the head of the police union said yesterday he is heading back to the bargaining table with no plans to threaten a strike."
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2000
A confidential study of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide unit, whose detectives make arrests in less than half the city's slayings, blames the failings on poor supervision and antipathy between detectives and prosecutors. The stinging analysis lists a variety of internal problems that include rotating out experienced investigators, substandard equipment and inadequate staffing of crucial support personnel, such as laboratory technicians and clerks. From broken tape recorders to case folders that are in "abysmal condition -- that is, when they can be located," the report portrays a dysfunctional unit whose detectives are responsible for investigating the most serious of offenses.
NEWS
By Michael James and Peter Hermann | October 2, 1994
In January, Thomas C. Frazier took over the 2,900-member Baltimore Police Department, an agency dogged by brutality complaints, petty corruption, and internal strife fueled by racial friction.The city was reeling from its second-straight record-setting year for homicides.Some 353 people were slain in Baltimore in 1993 -- up from 335 the year before -- as drug dealers brazenly took over neighborhoods and police morale plummeted under Commissioner Edward V. Woods.Frustrated by the carnage, politicians and community leaders turned up the heat on Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Woods.
NEWS
By Gregory P. Kane | April 15, 1993
WHAT did I have to gain?" Judge Kenneth L. Johnson aske me. He was seated behind his massive desk in his chambers at the Baltimore Circuit Court. "I don't live down on Whitelock."
NEWS
By Joan Jacobson | February 16, 1997
A JUDGE expunges a businessman's criminal conviction for brutally beating his estranged wife, after the man said he needed a clean record to join a country club.Under fire from women's rights activists and legislators calling for his head, the judge reverses himself, reinstating the conviction on a legal technicality - and disqualifying himself from hearing any more cases on rape, sexual offense or domestic violence.That bizarre chain of events in the last two weeks involving Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger has left legal experts stumped.
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer | April 29, 1993
Edward E. Fox Jr. is a highly decorated Baltimore police officer who went undercover to help nail William "Little Will" Franklin, Tommy Lee Canty, James C. Harris and several other notorious drug dealers.The undercover work was dangerous, but Officer Fox thought he was performing a valuable service in the war against drugs. Now he wonders whether his work was recognized by the top brass in the Police Department.Officer Fox's career as a narcotics investigator abruptly ended in October 1991 after he was quoted in an article about "New York Boys" -- violent New York drug dealers who have set up shop in city neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer | February 12, 1995
It is midmorning, and Baltimore's police chief is at his desk, scanning a list of items seized in drug raids. He's looking for a lawn mower. And a grill.A scavenger hunt may not fit the image of Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and his tough stance on violent crime, but for this self-described "social worker with a gun," it's exactly the image he wants to project.Obtaining items for the force's youth choir or a neighborhood cleanup, he says, is crucial to the mission of making Baltimore safer.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | March 26, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles roster thinned out a little Monday, with several players being sent out of camp including right-hander Brad Bergesen, who pitched in 34 games with the Orioles last year. The Orioles have not yet announced the cuts, but they also include infielder Steve Tolleson, outfielder Scott Beerer and catcher John Hester - all non-roster invitees - who were sent to minor-league camp. Bergesen was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to be a starter. Also optioned to Triple-A Norfolk were pitcher Jason Berken, who made his spring debut Sunday after dealing with a hamstring issue, and Matt Antonelli, who batted .194 in 31 at-bats this spring.
NEWS
By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
Responding to allegations of corruption in a district station house, Baltimore's police commissioner said yesterday that he is committed to restoring the "internal integrity" of the department and has begun implementing safeguards aimed at keeping officers honest. Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, speaking publicly for the first time about the arrest and suspension of several officers from the "flex squad" in the city's Southwestern District, said he has reinstated procedures that were in use when he left the Police Department in 1996 but were later eliminated.
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