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  • Late to the Party

    Late to the Party
    David D’Amico turned 50 a week before his Aug. 28 appearance in Maryland U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, where he consented to pre-trial detention in a massive 2010 pot-trafficking and money-laundering case in which most of his 15 co-defendants—including Daniel McIntosh, co-owner of defunct Baltimore nightclub Sonar—are serving prison sentences. He looked a shadow of his formerly beefy, smiling self, as seen in the “Most Wanted” photo of him distributed by the U.S. Marshals Service in early 2013, when he was a fugitive. Now, having been extradited from Colombia, D’Amico looks gaunt and tired—every day of his age, and then some. Five years on the run seems to have depleted him.
  • Judge dismisses landlord's suit against housing blogger

    Judge dismisses landlord's suit against housing blogger
    A District Court Judge in Baltimore today dismissed a prominent landlord's case for damages against blogger Carol Ott, who writes the Housing Policy Watch blog (and "Slumlord Watch.") "There was a ruling in favor of the defendant," says Brian Spern, the...

    Wandering Eye: Neverdon loses bid to get back on ballot, fear of the Black Guerrilla Family, pop-ups in the BBJ, and more

    Wandering Eye: Neverdon loses bid to get back on ballot, fear of the Black Guerrilla Family, pop-ups in the BBJ, and more
    Baltimore State’s Attorney candidate Russell Neverdon suffered another setback yesterday when a judge ruled that he had not collected enough signatures to get on the November ballot. As The Sun reports, Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch found that...

    Informant's phone calls lead to massive federal drug-dealing indictment in Baltimore

    Informant's phone calls lead to massive federal drug-dealing indictment in Baltimore
    The FBI had a busy day in Baltimore on Aug. 11, thanks to an informant's flurry of phone calls setting up drug deals that resulted in federal charges against nine men. The informant, dubbed "CW1" in court documents, had been arrested with "several...

    Baltimore police "credibility issues" in drug case stymie feds' effort to keep $106,000 in seized cash

    Baltimore police "credibility issues" in drug case stymie feds' effort to keep $106,000 in seized cash
    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Bennett on Aug. 26 ruled that the federal government has no right to keep $106,467 in cash that a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge previously ruled had been seized illegally from a drug suspect by Baltimore police....