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)

The civil rights chief for the Maryland attorney general's office was accused this week of violating probation in a drunken-driving case.

Carl O. Snowden is scheduled for arraignment or similar appearance Jan. 7 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in that case, according to court records. On probation for three years, he could be ordered jailed for up to 60 days if judge finds that he violated probation.

The case has unusual twists. Snowden was initially given probation before judgment on a 2010 charge. But the judge erased that last year after being told it was an illegal sentence. It was the second chance for Snowden to avoid a drunken-driving conviction within eight years, but the law allows only one every 10 years.

After Snowden lost an appeal last week, his lawyer said he would ask the state's highest court to hear the challenge.

The Capital newspaper in Annapolis initially reported the violation of probation allegation. Online court records do not indicate why it was filed.

Last month, a Baltimore City jury convicted Snowden of marijuana possession. He was placed on probation for one year.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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