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- For her new memoir, "The Home That Was Our Country," Alia Malek, a Baltimore native, retraced her family's roots to the Ottoman Empire, telling their story in the context of Syria's tumultuous history. She'll be speaking about the book Wednesday at Bird in Hand.
- Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein faced a barrage of questions from Democratic senators Tuesday about how he would handle investigations into Russian meddling in last year's election if he is confirmed to serve as the No. 2 official at Department of Justice.
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Tapped in late January (but as yet to be confirmed) as President
Donald TrumpWe have a president who is either a dangerous paranoid, has committed treason, or is willing to sacrifice public trust to further his selfish goals.U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein will face a litany of questions about the investigation into Russia when he appears before senators considering his nomination to be deputy attorney general on Tuesday — turning up the heat on what was already expected to be a high-profile hearing.The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel's investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon.Because their duties can be dangerous, and because we want them to show up when we need them, and because they represent security and order and even civility,Defense attorneys, prosecutors and Baltimore police leaders knew the seven officers indicted on federal corruption charges faced questions in the past about their tactics.Mayor Catherine Pugh said Friday she is seeking an audit of Baltimore police department overtime after seven officers were indicted on federal racketeering charges — including allegations they committed overtime fraud.
A federal judge on Thursday ordered two Baltimore Police officers indicted on racketeering charges held in detention pending their trial, saying no conditioBaker, a 45-year-old downtown security officer, testified Wednesday night as the Baltimore City Council's labor committee weighed a bill to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 for many workers.Federal authorities are set to announce racketeering charges against seven Baltimore Police officers, with accusations including robberies, filing false affidavits and making fraudulent overtime claims.Maryland's congressional delegation called Wednesday for a federal investigation into a recent wave of threats made to Jewish institutions in the state andThere is an ongoing public discussion of the nature of the Baltimore Police Department's status as a governmental agency — both historically and going forward. I write in the hope of shedding some useful light on this seemingly mundane but substantively important question.A majority of City Council members said Monday they want the state to give control of the Baltimore Police Department to local officials, part of a series of actions they think will help stem the tide of violence.
Michael Flynnwas asked to resign last week as President Donald TrumpBaltimore's spending panel is set to approve a $300,000 settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Anthony Anderson who died after he was tackled by a police officer in 2012.In part because of investigative successes during a pilot program last summer, a new report determined aerial surveillance "has the potential for increasing the clearance of crimes and reducing the cost of criminal investigations" in Baltimore.A "public fairness hearing" where members of the Baltimore community will have a chance to comment on the proposed police reform agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice has been scheduled for April 6, according to a working timeline of "dates and deadlines" that was filed in the case late Friday.On Tuesday, Detective David Kincaid, a Baltimore police officer who feared for his life shot and killed Curtis Deal, who ran from police and also feared for hisAs dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law for the past five years, I have come to see that the Maryland pretrial justice system suffers from the same flaws as the New York system I practiced in years ago. I want to lend my voice in support of a better system in Maryland, a system based on public safety, not economic status.
Maryland U.S. Attorney
Rod J. Rosenstein, who has been tapped by President
Baltimore police shot and killed an 18-year-old man who they said was armed and fleeing officers Tuesday afternoon, police said.
About 3 p.m. officersThe Baltimore Police Department will begin directing individuals detained for low-level drug and prostitution offenses in the western half of downtown to support services rather than to jail under a three-year pilot program developed in partnership with local nonprofit organizations.The interdenominational march along three miles of North Charles St. organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was one of a slew of similar protests this weekend in the U.S. and abroadBaltimore County must pay more than $780,000 to a former longtime county sanitarian who said she was forced into retirement when supervisors refused to accommodate her disability, a federal jury decided.After a three-hour hearing in open court on the proposed consent decree between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar advised the attorneys from both parties to meet him in his chambers for another, private discussion. The topic: public input.Dear Rod Rosenstein, It's been a few years since I covered federal courts as a reporter, and we were never exactly close; you were very responsive and professional, of course, but unlike some of your Maryland U.S. attorney predecessors (say, Thomas M. "Get me three front-page indictments by Election Day!" DiBiagio), you tended to keep media at arm's length. Still, I feel I can reach out to you with a personal suggestion, now that it's no longer just a rumor that you're the White House pick forThe U.S. Justice Department assured a federal judge Wednesday that a proposed agreement to reform Baltimore police practices will withstand the change in presidentsWicomico County schools have agreed to train staff and revise the code of conduct under an agreement with federal authorities aimed at redressing discipline practices alleged to discriminate against minorities.Officials from Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice are due in federal court Wednesday morning to answer questions about their recent agreement over radical reforms to the city's troubled police department. The hearing comes amid significant disarray within the Justice Department itself in Washington.President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates late Monday after she announced the Justice Department would not defend his travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries – embroiling the administration in controversy for a third day.The Baltimore Police Department on Monday launched a mobile app that allows residents to submit crime tips, receive crime alerts and peruse other department data and information — calling it a "one stop shop" for city residents looking to engage with the department.Marylanders should be wary of a bill on Gov. Hogan's legislative agenda that attacks basic due process protections in some of the state's most serious criminal prosecutions. Referred to as the "Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act," the bill would allow prosecutors in sex offense cases to present evidence to the jury that the person charged has engaged in illicit sexual behavior in the past. Although the proposal appears well-intended at first blush, if this bill passes it will erodePolice in Baltimore face a dual challenge: disrupting historic levels of violence while simultaneously ushering in lasting police reforms, some of which restrict officers' ability to enforce the law.President Donald Trump's executive order to limit federal funding to "sanctuary" jurisdictions could complicate an already heated debate as Howard lawmakers considers joining 300 jurisdictions across the country that choose not to cooperate with federal efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.Minorities in America know that in some cases, the Democratic Party may not necessarily have their interests first and foremost in mind. But the record shows, at least since 1980, that when the Democrats hold the White House, minorities measurably do better than they do under Republicans. From symbol to substance, Republicans give little more than lip service to people of color — unless they can use them to attract a certain kind of white vote.A prominent civil rights organization is speaking out against the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to delay federal court proceedings over its proposed police reform agreement with the city of Baltimore, saying the move raises "grave concerns" about the federal agency's commitment to the sweeping deal struck in the final days of the previous administration.