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By Michael Dresser | October 23, 2013
Attorney General has paid an overdue speeding ticket issued by a District of Columbia  speed camera after repeated delays drove the cost to $400, according to multiple media reports. Gansler issued a statement Tuesday saying he had paid the ticket himself even  though he says the identity of who was driving his state-issued vehicle at the time of the violation has not been determined. The ticket was issued in June 2012 for going 21 to 25 mph over the speed limit,  WBAL reported.
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By Scott Calvert and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
First there was the infamous speed camera ticket that Baltimore issued to a car stopped at a red light. Now comes evidence that the city's former contractor approved a speeding citation for another vehicle that couldn't possibly have been going too fast — because it was parked. "Things like this will kill the program!" Baltimore police Sgt. Paul McMillian told officials with the city and Brekford Corp., the former contractor, in an April 13 email obtained by The Baltimore Sun. McMillian said that "the blue pickup truck is clearly parked against the curb lane," yet Brekford approved the speed camera ticket and forwarded it to the Police Department for review.
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By Roger Simon | August 7, 1991
The harsh, bright light flooded the courtroom as if to banish even a shadow from lurking. The walls were white and unadorned.The Maryland flag hung from a broken pole, limply leaning in the face of the constant pain that paraded before it.From the back of the courtroom, a baby began to cry. If he had known what was about to happen, he would have cried even louder.This was not a murder trial. It was not the trial of a thief or an armed robber or any of the other vermin that prey upon decent citizens.
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By Michael Dresser | October 23, 2013
Attorney General has paid an overdue speeding ticket issued by a District of Columbia  speed camera after repeated delays drove the cost to $400, according to multiple media reports. Gansler issued a statement Tuesday saying he had paid the ticket himself even  though he says the identity of who was driving his state-issued vehicle at the time of the violation has not been determined. The ticket was issued in June 2012 for going 21 to 25 mph over the speed limit,  WBAL reported.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1995
An Aberdeen police officer who accepted free haircuts from a woman in exchange for getting her 1993 speeding ticket dismissed in District Court was convicted of bribery in Harford Circuit Court yesterday.Charles David Dvorak, 33, of the 300 block of Kane St. in Baltimore was given a three-year suspended sentence and placed on supervised probation for two years after entering an Alford plea before Judge William O. Carr.In making the Alford plea, Mr. Dvorak did not admit guilt but conceded the evidence was against him.Mr.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1997
A Carroll County circuit judge is awaiting trial, charged with driving while his license was suspended.Luke K. Burns Jr., 63, was charged Dec. 13 with negligent driving, failing to control speed and driving while his license was suspended, after he drove over a curb and ran into a road sign in a minor accident in Westminster.State Motor Vehicle Administration records show that Burns' license was suspended Feb. 8, 1996, after he twice had not appeared in Baltimore County District Court to stand trial on a speeding ticket he received Aug. 11, 1995.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1997
Citing two affidavits from African-American motorists who say they were harassed by state troopers, the American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday that the Maryland State Police are violating a settlement agreement that prohibits traffic stops based solely on race.William J. Mertens, a lawyer for the ACLU, is urging U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake to put the state police force on trial for violating a 1995 court agreement. The state paid $12,500 each to four black plaintiffs who alleged discrimination and agreed to institute a policy of nondiscrimination in traffic stops under the settlement.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1996
A state trooper who won a commendation for her role in a 1991 shootout asked an Anne Arundel Circuit judge yesterday to reverse her demotion for allegedly trying to fix a speeding ticket for a Washington Capitals hockey player two years ago.Trooper Kimberly Brooks was demoted from trooper first class to trooper and suspended for 15 days in October 1995 after a police trial board found she offered hockey tickets to another trooper to drop speeding charges against...
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | March 19, 2007
Little did we know it, but Maryland drivers have been under scrutiny. Saranath Lawpoolsri and Jingyi Li have been observing us, and what they've found out about our driving isn't very flattering. It turns out that we're a rather thickheaded lot. You can give us speeding citations and we just go out and earn more - as if they were merit badges. That's what Lawpoolsri and Li concluded after conducting a study of how Maryland drivers respond to the most basic form of traffic law enforcement.
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January 13, 1994
Obey Speed LawsWilliam I. Weston (letter, Jan. 2) who did not get a ticket, argues that speed limits are unnecessary and should not be enforced. I, who did get a speeding ticket, disagree.To have laws which are not enforced creates a public attitude of disrespect for law, and this contributes to the decay of society.If the speed limits are unnecessary or unwise, then they should be changed rather than ignored. Perhaps Mr. Weston could suggest how to change the speed laws in a way which would meet with the approval of the majority of the law-abiding citizens.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
So, just how much in public assistance is Harbor Point actually set to receive?  It's a question on a lot of Baltimoreans' minds. As figures fly around in council chambers, news conferences and protests, it's easy to lose track of the total price tag on the package of subsidies proposed for the $1 billion waterfront project.  The short answer: About $400 million. Here's how that breaks down. The current proposal is for the city government to help Michael S. Beatty's Harbor Point Development Group LLC project - which will house Exelon's new regional headquarters - through the following ways: * The city plans to issue $107 million in tax-increment bonds for infrastructure at the site - including seven small parks, a promenade and a bridge.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
Baltimore issued more than 16,000 speed camera tickets in less than two months this year before shutting the troubled program down over a programming error, according to figures posted by the city. The numbers offer a detailed statistical look at the recent performance of the program targeted this year by state lawmakers. Officials started issuing the $40 tickets for the first time this year on Feb. 20, the figures show. But they announced on April 16 that they had again stopped citing drivers amid reports that one of the city's new cameras had been programmed with the wrong speed limit, resulting in hundreds of erroneous tickets.
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March 11, 2013
Probably nothing else needs to be said about the Ticketmaster issue, especially after the well-written letter from Barbara Blumberg ("Ticketmaster is a scalper by another name," March 6). However, it should be pointed out that Ticketmaster is just one more e-business, like Microsoft, that sells a product that costs almost nothing after its initial development costs are recovered and charges phenomenally high rates. And like Microsoft, it has recovered its development costs long ago and has the capacity to generate incredible profits - well beyond those possible in brick and mortar businesses.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
How many speed camera tickets has Baltimore City issued so far this year? How many red-light camera tickets? City officials won't say. Five weeks ago, Khalil Zaied, deputy chief of operations in the mayor's office, told members of the City Council that the lucrative automated camera enforcement network had started coming back online. More than a month had passed since the system went offline, the result of a troubled transition from one contractor to another. "What we have is now 10 speed cameras out on locations," he said Feb. 4. "We have approximately 15 of the red-light cameras on board right now also.
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By Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
For Joe Stumpf, it appears persistence has paid off: The city has promised to refund him the $40 fine he paid after receiving an erroneous speed camera ticket. It took the city Department of Transportation 10 weeks - during which time Stumpf fired off several emails - but the agency told him Wednesday he could expect a check in the next couple of weeks. “I tell you, it's been frustrating,” said Stumpf, who lives in Anne Arundel County and works as a machinist near M&T Bank Stadium.
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