Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more

Back in 2011, Angello Osborne was arrested and jailed in Harford County for more than eight months on charges that he raped and sodomized his 5-year-old daughter in his Edgewood apartment, until prosecutors, despite having told the media that the daughter had used dolls to demonstrate exactly what Osborne was alleged to have done, declined to pursue the charges. Yesterday, Osborne's lawsuit claiming that the charges stemmed from investigators purposefully leading his reluctant daughter to fabricate the abuse story survived the efforts of one of them—Peter Georgiades, a decorated officer of the Harford County Sheriff's Department—to have it dismissed. Osborne's allegations that Georgiades "knowingly omitted relevant exculpatory evidence from his arrest warrant application and actively pressured the minor child into fabricating the underlying sexual abuse," U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett wrote in his opinion, "if true, support a finding that probable cause did not exist for Osborne's arrest and subsequent imprisonment." The ill-fated investigation began when the child's mother, Meredith Pipitone, reported the alleged abuse to the authorities, including Georgiades, who left out of his application for the warrant to arrest Osborne any mention of the fact that the child allegedly denied the abuse consistently until investigators cajoled her to make up the story, as well as any information about a medical examination that sought to find signs of the alleged abuse. Last month, Osborne moved to expunge the criminal charges against him from the court records in Harford County. (Van Smith)

 

Ahead of today's inauguration, The Sun's Erin Cox has a profile on governor-to-be Larry Hogan, the Republican businessman who upset outgoing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in November elections. The key word for Hogan, writes Cox, is "'just'—'just' a small businessman, 'just' a regular guy, 'just' someone who was fed up with politics and wanted to make a difference." And since, as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller rightly points out, Hogan has never held a position in Annapolis beyond appointments secretary for Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., there's no record that says otherwise. Among the other tidbits in the story: Hogan throwing a victory party Saturday with "jeans and beer," Hogan chilling with Democrat Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. at the Baltimore farmers market, and Hogan as relationship counselor. (Brandon Weigel)

 

The hit war movie "American Sniper" has become the latest object in the ongoing political tug of war between the right and the left, thanks to director Clint Eastwood's decision to gloss over a lot of the context of the Iraq War and ignore the uglier sides of the life of his film's subject, Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle. Many on the left have called the movie prowar propaganda, causing the right to reflexively shout, "Respect the troops!" However, the Daily Beast is here to remind us that Eastwood, in both his words and previous films, has been antiwar for most of his career. Following a screening of "Sniper," the Hollywood legend said, "I was against going into the war in Iraq since I figured we would probably trip over ourselves in some way." Though one of Eastwood's most famous roles, Dirty Harry, is about a cop who shoots first and asks questions later, which Roger Ebert deemed "fascist," other works, such as "Letters From Iwo Jima," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," and "Gran Torino" show war in a negative light. Eastwood has a reason to take this stance: He saw the horrors of war firsthand when he fought in Korea. (Brandon Weigel)

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