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  • 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 —...
  • Leopold and county attorneys seek dismissal of dossier lawsuit

    Leopold and county attorneys seek dismissal of dossier lawsuit
    Attorneys for Anne Arundel County and former County Executive John R. Leopold urged a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit claiming the former executive improperly ordered police to compile "dossiers" on political rivals. Leopold, a Republican,...
  • Don't leave charter schools behind [Commentary]

    Don't leave charter schools behind [Commentary]
    The people of Baltimore care about inequity. We think about what is fair and right, and together, we have come up with some great solutions to some of the disparities we see in our city. The Baltimore Education Coalition, the ACLU, Baltimoreans United...
  • 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...
  • Lawmakers weigh 'revenge porn' bills

    Lawmakers weigh 'revenge porn' bills
    Lawmakers considered two competing bills Tuesday that would make Maryland among a handful of states to consider "revenge porn" a crime. Vengefully posting naked pictures of an ex-lover online would carry jail time under the proposals weighed Tuesday,...
  • A year after conviction, Leopold seeking a clean slate

    A year after conviction, Leopold seeking a clean slate
    Lawyers for John R. Leopold, the disgraced former Anne Arundel county executive, acknowledge his behavior was inappropriate. But they insist that's not a crime. His attorneys are scheduled to appear at the Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday to...
  • Former cop is 'linchpin' of campaign to legalize marijuana

    Former cop is 'linchpin' of campaign to legalize marijuana
    Not long after Neill Franklin stepped behind a lectern in Annapolis to argue for making marijuana legal, the retired law enforcement officer was fighting tears again. It happens all the time — whenever he pauses to think of the futility of the war...
  • No dread: Private school cuts hair policy

    No dread: Private school cuts hair policy
    When a representative from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School visited Danielle Cook's class, the eighth-grader thought she fit the criteria for the rigorous college preparatory high school in Baltimore. She has been a straight-A student since preschool, is...
  • City police consultants' report was a waste of taxpayer dollars [Letter]

    City police consultants' report was a waste of taxpayer dollars [Letter]
    Unfortunately, The Sun's recent article outlining a consultant's report on the police department that cost the citizens of Baltimore City close to $300,000 for a document that articulates the very initiatives many of its state legislators had already...