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Patricia A. Millett
Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate
Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate

It was 21 years ago last month that Harvard-educated attorney Robert Wilkins was traveling in a car pulled over for going 5 mph over the posted speed limit on Interstate 68 in Western Maryland. But rather than receive a ticket, the group, all African-American and all members of the same family, were forced to stand by the road while their vehicle was searched and a drug-sniffing dog summoned to the scene. They had been returning from a relative's funeral, and the fruitless investigation caused them to be detained for 45 minutes. The encounter led to a lawsuit, Wilkins v. Maryland State Police, that put an end to racial profiling in traffic stops in the Free State. The litigation...