Probe into police spending

Archived coverage of the federal case against Edward T. Norris, former city police commissioner and Maryland State Police superintendent, stemming from an off-the-books police expense account.

Fearing backlash, Norris cancels welcome back bash

The welcome home parties for Edward T. Norris were over before they began.  Read more ...

Back in town, Ed Norris begins new life on the radio

Former Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris - addressing everything from terrorists to doing time to Jessica Simpson's rear end - made his debut as a radio talk show host yesterday, receiving a warm welcome from callers who, like him, seem to consider any crimes he committed to be in the past.  Read more ...

Norris due back to start community service hours

Call it the evolution of Edward T. Norris: Top police officer. Convicted felon. And now, radio talk-show guest turned host.  Read more ...

Jobless Norris is back - on radio

TAMPA, Fla. - The former Baltimore police commissioner who once made six figures is seeking $8-an-hour jobs, and he's not having much luck.  Read more ...

Norris to be released from prison tomorrow

Former Baltimore police Commissioner and Maryland State Police chief Edward T. Norris, inmate No. 41115-037, is scheduled to be released tomorrow from federal prison in Atlanta.  Read more ...

State agency investigates auditor of Norris spending

A state agency is investigating the accounting firm that failed to uncover all but $61.85 of the $20,000 from an obscure police account that Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris pleaded guilty to misusing.  Read more ...

Norris gets 6 months in prison

Edward T. Norris, a blunt-talking, third-generation New York cop who came to Baltimore to be the city's police commissioner, was sentenced yesterday to six months in federal prison for treating a department expense account as his personal slush fund.  Read more ...

New state police chief a believer in tradition

When Edward T. Norris became superintendent of the Maryland State Police, he created a homeland security bureau and introduced troopers to Comstat, a crime-tracking system he brought with him from New York.  Read more ...

Officials seek to end Norris' pension funds

Just days after former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris pleaded guilty to federal corruption and tax-fraud charges, city officials launched an effort to halt his pension payments and are seeking the return of a $137,000 severance payment he received after abruptly quitting the force in late 2002.  Read more ...

Top Norris aide pleads guilty to conspiracy

John S. Stendrini, who served as chief of staff under former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal corruption probe that led to Norris' conviction this week and his disgraced departure from Maryland law enforcement.  Read more ...

Norris enters plea of guilty to corruption

Four years after he swept into Baltimore with a zero-tolerance plan for fighting crime and a blunt charm that helped defuse his critics, Edward T. Norris ended his run as one of Maryland's most visible law enforcement figures with a guilty plea yesterday to federal corruption and tax charges.  Read more ...

Misappropriated police funds fueled Norris' lavish lifestyle

It began with thousands of dollars in checks written to the Baltimore police commissioner's chauffeur.  Read more ...

Norris is left to 'pick up the pieces'

After making his life's work all about catching criminals, former Baltimore police commissioner Edward T. Norris pleaded guilty yesterday to two federal felony charges that left him unable to own a gun and uncertain of his career prospects.  Read more ...

Norris' life of privilege ends with plea in court

THE WORLD of privilege is different from yours and mine. It's a world where public servants commit fraud and consider it a professional perk, and the corporate execs make big money and think it's never enough. Edward T. Norris imagined he had a place in such a world. Yesterday, he was shoved out the back door.  Read more ...

Norris' lawyers seek plea deal in fund misuse

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, widely credited with reshaping the city's troubled police force before he became Maryland's state police superintendent, was scheduled to appear in federal court Monday as attorneys worked to reach a plea deal in the conspiracy and tax case against him, sources said yesterday.  Read more ...

Norris accused of tax violation

Federal prosecutors brought additional charges against former Baltimore police Commissioner Edward T. Norris yesterday, alleging that Norris violated tax law by failing to report as income money from an off-the-books department account used for personal expenditures.  Read more ...

Norris' attorneys push for dismissal, say corruption statute is too broad

Attorneys for Edward T. Norris say public corruption charges against the former Baltimore police commissioner should be dismissed because the statute they are based on is too broad, arguing in recent court filings the same issue that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up next week in a case from Minnesota.  Read more ...

Norris said to break grant rules

Former Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris, who is fighting federal public corruption charges, has breached the conditions of a city grant program that gives a financial break to government employees who buy a house in Baltimore, according to city officials.  Read more ...

Norris pleads not guilty

Former Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to federal charges that he illegally spent about $20,000 in Baltimore police funds when he was the city's top officer to cover personal gifts, meals, trips and extramarital romantic liaisons.  Read more ...

Acting state police chief pledges 'smooth transition'

It has been nearly a decade since Thomas E. "Tim" Hutchins walked across the state police compound in Pikesville.  Read more ...

2002 independent audit found little misspending

An independent audit that cost taxpayers $35,000 last year uncovered almost none of the $20,000 that federal prosecutors say former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris illegally spent from a little-known police account.  Read more ...

Through it all, Norris still manages to smile

IN HIS hour of public humiliation, Edward T. Norris emerged from the U.S. District Courthouse yesterday afternoon smiling confidently. This was considered quite remarkable for a man formally accused of stealing money for hotel rooms, clothing, cologne and Victoria's Secret negligees for "romantic encounters" with a series of women who were not his wife. In police circles, such allegations give an entirely new meaning to the term "undercover operation."  Read more ...

Norris indicted by U.S.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris has been charged with illegally spending about $20,000 in Baltimore police funds while he was the city's top officer to cover personal expenses, including romantic liaisons with several women, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday.  Read more ...

Broad anti-corruption law facing high court challenge

To bring federal charges against Edward T. Norris, prosecutors relied on a broadly drawn public corruption statute now under challenge in a U.S. Supreme Court case that could have direct implications for Maryland's former state police superintendent.  Read more ...

A career and legacy suffer under accusations

Edward T. Norris, a blunt yet charming New York police commander, swept into Baltimore in early 2000 promising to refocus the city Police Department on crime-fighting, boost the agency's sagging morale and root out corrupt officers.  Read more ...

No lasting political harm seen for O'Malley, Ehrlich

First he was Mayor Martin O'Malley's larger-than-life sidekick, the barrel-chested cop with Big Apple charisma and zero tolerance for street crime.  Read more ...

Word on indictment of Norris is expected

Federal prosecutors in Baltimore are expected to announce today the indictment of State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris on allegations stemming from his personal use of an off-the-books expense account when he was the city police commissioner, according to sources familiar with the case.  Read more ...

Ehrlich denies he's looking for new chief

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. denied yesterday reports that his staff has been searching for a potential replacement for state police Superintendent Edward T. Norris, who is under federal investigation stemming from his activities as Baltimore police commissioner.  Read more ...

Ehrlich prepares for loss of Norris

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s staff is searching for a potential replacement for Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris, who is under an intensifying federal investigation of his activities as Baltimore police commissioner.  Read more ...

Grand jury probes spending by Norris from city fund

A federal grand jury is investigating a loosely monitored, off-the-books fund used by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris to finance $159,000 in expenses, including thousands of dollars on trips, meals and gifts.  Read more ...

U.S. gets copy of police fund audit

Federal prosecutors have requested and obtained a copy of an independent audit that examined the use of an off-the-books expense account by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris, city officials said yesterday.  Read more ...

Auditors studying use of police fund

Outside auditors examining a little-known Police Department account used to finance more than $178,000 in expenses under Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris are conducting the first phase of their investigation, which focuses on 50 checks selected at random.  Read more ...

Norris letter apologizes to Baltimoreans for spending

In an "open letter to the people of Baltimore," city Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris profusely apologized for his use of a little-known departmental fund to finance more than $178,000 in expenses, including trips to New York, expensive meals at trendy restaurants and gifts to fellow officers and others.  Read more ...

Text of letter from Commissioner Norris

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE  Read more ...

Commissioner defends use of police fund for N.Y. trip

Saying it seemed "like a reasonable use of the money," Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris yesterday defended using a little-known departmental fund to finance a trip to attend a funeral in Manhattan and a job interview in Long Island.  Read more ...

Norris interviewed for job while in N.Y. for funeral

Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris interviewed for the top police job in a Long Island county while he was visiting New York to attend the funeral of his chief of staff's mother -- with all the expenses paid by an off-the-books departmental fund.  Read more ...

Overtime for aides of Norris: $250,000

Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris' five-member security and investigative detail earned about $250,000 in overtime during a recent 18-month period, including $67,000 paid to his driver.  Read more ...

O'Malley bound to Norris, for good or ill

Mayor Martin O'Malley gripped the hand of police Commissioner Edward T. Norris beneath the chandeliers in City Hall last week, swearing him in to another term and praising him as the best chief in the country.  Read more ...

Anger over police 'slush fund' a case of misspent outrage

JUDGING FROM the reaction, you'd think Baltimore police Commissioner Ed Norris had taken his wife on a three-week vacation in Paris, spent bundles on an elaborate shopping spree and paid for it all with the money from that "slush fund" that has residents of Payback City in such high dudgeon.  Read more ...

Mayor opts for audit of account

Mayor Martin O'Malley reversed course yesterday and said he would hire an independent auditor to investigate the spending of Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris and past police chiefs from a little-known, off-the-books private expense account.  Read more ...

City won't check Norris

Baltimore's mayor and comptroller said yesterday that they will not investigate Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris' use of an off-the-books account to finance more than $178,000 in expenses during the past two years, although a national expert said an independent review should be conducted.  Read more ...

Norris' slush fund

LET'S BE CLEAR about Edward T. Norris: Baltimoreans largely have him to thank for the city's dramatic reduction in homicides two years ago and for the overall drop in violent crime that continues today. He's the one who put more cops on the streets, beefed up enforcement against so-called "quality-of-life" crimes and brought accountability to a department that previously indulged dereliction.  Read more ...

O'Malley says Norris more competent as police chief than as an accountant

Mayor Martin O'Malley said yesterday that he was angry about the "sloppy" accounting and "poor management" of the "arcane, strange, off-line account" that Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris has been using for travel and entertainment to recruit officers.  Read more ...

Norris, police spend off-the-books funds on trips, gifts, meals

Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris has used a loosely monitored, off-the-books departmental fund to finance more than $178,000 in expenses during the past two years, including trips to New York, gifts to fellow officers and others, and expensive meals at trendy restaurants.  Read more ...

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