Carl Snowden

Carl Snowden, current Director of Civil Rights for the Attorney General's Office and a longtime political figure in Annapolis, drew decades of ire from then-Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer by mentioning -- once -- in the late 1970s that there are more important things to talk about than the Orioles. "He got so mad. He never forgave me for it," Snowden said. When they would bump into each other in Annapolis, the governor would invariably say, "You're the one who doesn't understand the Orioles are important," Snowden recalled. "That was 20 years later!" (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / January 8, 2009)

Carl Snowden, the former director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Maryland Attorney General's Office, reported to jail Friday morning to begin a 10-day sentence for violating probation on a drunk-driving conviction.

Retired Judge Diane O. Leasure found March 11 that Snowden, 59, had violated probation in his 2010 drunken driving case in Anne Arundel County because he had been convicted last year of possession of marijuana in Baltimore City. She ordered him to begin his jail term on April 12, but Snowden received permission to begin Friday.

Snowden is not expected to be housed in the medical wing where former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is serving 30 days on a recent conviction of two counts of misconduct in office, said Detention Center Superintendent Terry Kokolis.

Snowden, a longtime civil rights activist and a former Annapolis alderman and candidate for mayor in Annapolis, resigned in December from the Attorney General's Office. His drunk-driving conviction remains on appeal.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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