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  • Appeals court clears Leopold to run for office again

    Appeals court clears Leopold to run for office again
    A Maryland appeals court upheld former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's convictions of misconduct Wednesday but struck down a part of his sentence that prevents him from running for office while on probation. Leopold was found guilty in...
  • Prayer in the secular republic

    Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well."  I have the...
  • 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...
  • Isolated confinement [Editorial]

    Isolated confinement  [Editorial]
    In January, Rick Raemisch was brought shackled and handcuffed to a state penitentiary in Colorado and deposited in a 13-by-17-foot cell with nothing in it except a bed, toilet and sink screwed to the floor. His restraints were removed, the door slammed...
  • 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...
  • Lawmakers poised to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates

    Lawmakers poised to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates
    Maryland lawmakers are poised to outlaw the shackling of pregnant inmates. The proposed law would make it illegal to shackle incarcerated women while they are in labor, delivery and recovering from giving birth. While legislative analysts said most...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New city police policy says public has right to film officers

    New city police policy says public has right to film officers
    The Baltimore Police Department has instituted a new policy that prohibits officers from stopping people from taping or photographing police actions, the agency said Wednesday. The new rules were unveiled as the city agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a...