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Post-snowstorm curfew shows precedent for mayor's authority
Post-snowstorm curfew shows precedent for mayor's authority

When Mayor William Donald Schaefer imposed an emergency curfew to stem looting following a massive snowstorm in 1979, Governor Harry Hughes openly questioned whether it was legal.  "I suppose," Hughes said at the time, according to a Sun article, "there is the possibility that some of the arrests last night may have been illegal." But a week later, District Court Judge Edward F. Borgerding ruled in Schaefer's favor, saying it was rooted in his authority as "conservator of the peace" - the same grounds cited by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's legal counsel last month when she set a curfew amid rioting.  The Maryland Public...

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