Gov. Martin O'Malley has imposed stringent new rules dictating when the state may extend the detention of immigrants in Baltimore's jail at the request of federal immigration officials, dealing the latest blow to a national program intended to catch people who are in the country illegally.
Departments across the country are increasingly exploring uses for the technology, including Baltimore County police, where officials have discussed with a local company to view a drone, though they say they are still in the exploratory stages.
Attorneys for two convicted robbers are challenging investigators' use of cellphone data, saying that it breached their privacy and that investigators should have used a search warrant to get it. Their appeals in federal court thrust the convicts into the center of a debate about police powers and the meaning of privacy in the digital age.
On Friday, Baltimore instituted one of the nation's most restrictive curfew laws. The city became a police state to some and a place that is finally cracking down on problem youths to others. For months, the proposal to change the curfew law was met with heated discussions at community meetings, letters to the editor in favor of the changes and dissenting letters against them.
Baltimore's new curfew — among the strictest in the country — takes effect Friday amid mixed reaction from some parents who think the rules will help keep kids safe and experts who say that no proof exists to say it will.
As today's computer-powered vehicles become increasingly connected to drivers and their lives and capable of transmitting data to the outside world, civil liberties organizations and driver advocacy groups have begun raising concerns with regulators, legislators and industry leaders.
Big Brother is watching you … through your smart meter? One complaint about the technology, as electric and gas utilities roll it out in Maryland and across the country, is that it offers one more way for government agencies — or hackers — to snoop on us.
Deborah W. Alper, former director of intellectual property management and business development at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, died July 13 of complications from Lyme disease at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 65.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Before they get a decision in their immigration cases — before they even have a hearing — the tens of thousands of children entering the country illegally will face an increasingly daunting challenge at the heart of a massive backlog in U.S. immigration court: The young immigrants must first find an attorney.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ¿ A federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge's order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban, bringing same-sex marriages to a halt and leaving those who've already tied the knot in legal limbo.
The Army is planning to launch a pair of blimps over Maryland this fall to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles. It's what else they might be able to see from up there that worries privacy advocates.
WASHINGTON — A policy unveiled by Gov. Martin O'Malley that was intended to reduce the number of non-criminal immigrants deported from the Baltimore jail is facing scrutiny from advocates who say it contains loopholes so large it will inevitably fall short of that goal.
Since legalized gambling began in Maryland, tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos — spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans.
The candidates running in Maryland's June 24 primary election are slowly beginning to embrace an increasingly sophisticated campaign technique known as micro-targeting that allows them to identify potential supporters and aim advertising — as well as personal contacts — directly at those individuals.
By By John Fritze and Catherine Rentz and The Baltimore Sun
The American Civil Liberties Union and some community groups urged the City Council Thursday to scrap a tough youth curfew bill and instead implement a plan that calls for more social programs for young people.
Vegetarian activists have sued in federal court two Baltimore police officers who forced them to stop leafleting at the Inner Harbor — the latest legal front after years of disputes over the constitutional rights of protesters in the city.
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.
Helicopter crews from the Maryland National Guard are flying night surveillance missions along the Rio Grande to spot unauthorized crossers and to guide Border Patrol agents to their hiding places. It's the battalion's second deployment to South Texas in the last two years.
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that the Baltimore City Detention Center will no longer automatically honor requests from the federal government to hold immigrants for deportation — making it one of a handful of jurisdictions in the country to take a more discerning approach on the issue.
The Montgomery County Council is moving toward establishing Maryland's (and the Baltimore-Washington region's) first public financing system for county council and county executive races. The plan would be the first of its kind in the nation with these particular parameters proposed. The system Montgomery is considering could be used as a model for other counties around the state to adopt.
The FBI said Saturday three of its special agents were working with other law enforcement on a drug investigation when agents fatally shot a man Friday in Owings Mills, but declined to release key details about the circumstances of the incident.
Six regional and national advocacy organizations have filed arguments in federal court on behalf of a transgender retired police sergeant who brought a discrimination suit against Howard County after she was not chosen for a volunteer police mounted patrol.