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  • In Maryland and across the country, the federal designer-drug crackdown takes prisoners, cash, and a legal backlash

    Dev Bahadur Hamal worked behind the counter of the Tobacco Stop in Bel Air, one of those ubiquitous shops that sell legal smokables and accessories for illegal ones, like bongs, hookahs, rolling papers, pot grinders, and glass pipes. On Sept. 22, 2011, a...
  • Insurer sues court over failure to enforce collections law

    Lexington National Insurance Corporation has sued the District Court of Maryland-and its chief clerk, Roberta Warnken-claiming Warnken did not follow the law and cost Maryland citizens "in excess of $1 million." The dispute is about an obscure deadline...
  • ESPN Zone employees, abruptly laid off three years ago, get meager payday

    More than three years after losing her job in the ESPN Zone kitchen, Janice Watson is getting a sizable chunk of money. "I guess it'll be around $2,500," Watson says after a short victory celebration in front of the Federal District Court on Lombard...
  • Terrible police work sent a man to prison for a murder he didn't commit. Was it incompetence or something else?

    On Thursday, March 20, 2008, Rob Long ran into his old friend Tommy Ramsay in a Kentucky Fried Chicken in South Baltimore. Long was under pressure. He told Ramsay that he'd turned state's evidence against Jose Morales-his boss and co-defendant in a...
  • Tracy Love's killing snuffs out a snitch-filled Baltimore life

    When 29-year-old Tracy Robin Love bit the bullets in West Baltimore shortly after midnight on Nov. 9, he was nearly two years out of federal prison. How he got there-and the reason he was freed so much earlier than some of his co-defendants-says volumes...
  • Hunter and Ace are dogs, and, like the Nose, their job is to sniff.

    Hunter and Ace are dogs, and, like the Nose, their job is to sniff. Hunter sniffs out drugs for the Baltimore City Police, Ace does the same for the Maryland State Police, and both sometimes lend their noses to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS),...
  • Best Scandal

    It's not every year that 28 Maryland correctional officers (COs) face charges in federal court. The number dwarves previous episodes of federally charged CO corruption in Maryland, such as in 2009, when three COs and a correctional kitchen worker were...
  • Michael Olesker's book trades in nostalgia for a more innocent time

    Front Stoops in the Fifties Michael Olesker Johns Hopkins University Press The cover of Michael Olesker's book Front Stoops in the Fifties (Johns Hopkins University Press) shows women and children scrubbing the marble steps of their rowhouses in the...
  • Lawyer complains when court closes docket records to public without explanation

    Public records are not just for journalists and activists. And they aren't the only ones who complain or even notice when records are denied. David Weinstein made a nice little business use of something called "the traffic system docket disposition...
  • Police department quietly files charges against veteran officer

    A 25-year veteran Baltimore City Police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a fellow officer in front of a supervisor. Derrick Layton, who is currently assigned to the Northwestern District, faces charges of second-degree assault, fourth-...
  • Alleged violations of state and federal minimum-wage laws

    Strippers work for tips-sometimes premium tips for premium, personalized services. This, the Nose knows. But though they work set shifts, are penalized for showing up late or otherwise failing to abide by club rules, and generally strip for only one...
  • New cases could make it harder to hold landlords accountable

    Two decisions by the Maryland Court of Appeals clarify how lead paint cases against private landlords must proceed, and could hamper plaintiffs suing Baltimore. "We intend to file a motion to reconsider," says Saul Kerpelman, whose firm handled both...