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  • Council approves tough new curfew for city youths

    Council approves tough new curfew for city youths
    A tough new curfew forcing kids off the streets as early as 9 p.m. was approved Monday by the Baltimore City Council over objections it will place too much stress on the Police Department and lead to conflicts between youths and officers. The...
  • Maryland prosecutors struggle with marijuana cases

    Maryland prosecutors struggle with marijuana cases
    As prosecutors across Maryland wait for the new law that will remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, they're taking a patchwork approach in the way they handle such cases. In some counties, including Harford and Carroll,...
  • Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana

    Maryland lawmakers decriminalize marijuana
    Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer be a crime in Maryland under a law passed Monday and sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his expected signature. Adults caught with less than 10 grams of pot will get a citation that will be treated...
  • Bill would require drivers in serious accidents to give police cell phone information

    Bill would require drivers in serious accidents to give police cell phone information
    Drivers suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone would be required to give police certain information from that phone under a pair of bills currently filed in Annapolis. The bills also would make distracted...
  • Camera-shy police [Editorial]

    Camera-shy police  [Editorial]
    Say what you will about the abilities of the Baltimore area's law enforcement community, but they sure know how to star in a viral video. The latest is a Baltimore County auxiliary police sergeant who gave an exceedingly hard time to a 21-year-old college...
  • Judge dismisses case against county, and Leopold, in 'dossier' lawsuit

    Judge dismisses case against county, and Leopold, in 'dossier' lawsuit
    An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday against the ACLU and several individuals who alleged former County Executive John R. Leopold and the police kept files on them in violation of public information laws. Eleven individuals —...
  • Senator proposes more tracking for asset forfeiture cases

    Senator proposes more tracking for asset forfeiture cases
    Police in Maryland have broad powers to take money, cars and houses they suspect of being linked to crimes, but a Republican state senator wants them to keep better track of assets they seize. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, who represents parts of Washington...
  • Building safe and just communities [Commentary]

    Building safe and just communities [Commentary]
    Marylanders are ready for an open and serious discussion about our state's laws pertaining to the possession of small amounts of marijuana. As currently constructed and enforced, these laws are costly, ineffective and racially biased, and they result in a...
  • City to pay $250,000 to man who claims police deleted video of an arrest

    City to pay $250,000 to man who claims police deleted video of an arrest
    Baltimore is set to pay $250,000 to a man who says police seized his cellphone and deleted the video of an arrest at the Preakness Stakes in 2010, according a settlement proposal that will be presented to the city's spending panel this month. Police...
  • Jake's law [Editorial]

    Jake's law  [Editorial]
    If you're in an accident in which someone is injured or killed and police suspect you've been drinking, you're certain to be asked to take a Breathalyzer test or perform a field sobriety check. But if under similar circumstances authorities believe the...
  • Ruppersberger to propose ending NSA's bulk data collection

    Ruppersberger to propose ending NSA's bulk data collection
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on intelligence issues in the House, is proposing to end the bulk collection of telephone data by the National Security Agency -- scaling back a program at the center of the controversy...
  • Ruppersberger calls for an end to NSA's phone data collection

    Ruppersberger calls for an end to NSA's phone data collection
    Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is proposing to end the bulk collection of telephone data by the National Security Agency — the program at the center of the controversy over the reach of...