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Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

By now there have been so many cases of political corruption in Maryland, you can understand why the sentencing judge in the Nat Oaks case took a minute Tuesday to determine if there was something unique about it.

Was history being made here?

If not history, then at least trivia? Surely there must be something before the court besides an old-school pol who put his palm out for a cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, a former chief federal prosecutor for Maryland, seemed to be looking for the lede, as we say in the news biz.

I wish the judge had called upon me, but I was standing over...

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