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  • Maryland crack-cocaine convicts set free under federal sentencing reform

    More than 900 people serving federal prison time for crack-cocaine crimes committed in Maryland are eligible for reduced sentences under federal reforms that went into effect Nov. 1, according to an Oct. 31 letter sent to U.S. District judges by...
  • Inside the Crusade to Kill Maryland's New Marriage-Equality Law

    Maryland holds a special place in the legal history of same-sex marriage in America. In 1973, Maryland lawmakers reacted to marriage attempts by same-sex couples by enacting the nation's first state law defining marriage as occurring between one man and...
  • Despite multiple drug arrests, suburban mom gets time served for selling AK-style machine gun

    Maryland U.S. District judge Richard Bennett on Aug. 27 gave a 32-year-old suburban Baltimore mother, who pleaded guilty to machine-gun possession, a chance to rehabilitate her drug-addled life without going to federal prison. Bennett sentenced Jennifer...
  • Maryland prison guard indicted for immigration fraud

    A Cameroonian citizen who federal authorities say fraudulently became a lawful permanent resident of the United States-and allegedly lied repeatedly while attempting to become a naturalized U.S. citizen-has been working as a Maryland correctional...
  • Gruesome murder case highlights violence in the pot trade

    Peter Blake shouldn’t have been in the United States on the evening of Dec. 16, 2009, much less at an apartment on Daybrook Circle, near White Marsh Mall in Baltimore County. Blake, now 54, had been deported back to Jamaica, his homeland, in 2004,...
  • Public hearing on license transfer scheduled for Aug. 2

    The prospective new owners of the shuttered Sonar nightclub downtown are scheduled for an Aug. 2 public hearing before the Baltimore City Liquor License Board, which will consider whether to transfer the club's license from its current owners, led by...
  • Armistead Gardens Outlaws Pit Bull Mixes

    The Aug. 23 letter to residents of Armistead Gardens was unequivocal: Get rid of your pit bulls and pit bull mixes immediately or "the board may take legal action, including termination." Pit bull-rights activists had been predicting letters like this...
  • Maryland liquor stores suspected of supplying New York booze smugglers

    For nearly two generations, court records show law enforcers have had evidence of large-scale illegal smuggling of Maryland-taxed booze to New York, where alcohol taxes are much higher. Only recently, though, have the revenue collectors taken to...
  • Deal ends 30-year-old child molestation case

    Douglas Lester Sexton reminds Circuit Court Judge Pamela White that he owned businesses. Wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, he talks about his coal-miner father, about joining the army at age 17 to support his family. Until now, he has “never...
  • Rookie transit cop arrests federal fugitive, but feds dismiss indictment

    If you’re a federal fugitive, you better not skimp on paying the Baltimore Metro Subway fare when Generia Lawson is on the job. On April 17, Lawson, a rookie Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) police officer, was in full uniform, doing routine...
  • City Paper's endorsements for the 2010 primary election

    Let’s not waste time. In a cash-strapped city with ongoing endemic problems, there isn’t any to spare. The state primary on Tuesday, Sept. 14, will go a long way toward determining the content and character of some of our state’s highest...
  • Best Use of Taxpayer Funds, Best Misuse of Taxpayer Funds, Best Indictment, Best Corruption, Best Local Scandal, and more.

    Best Use of Taxpayer Funds Getting rid of Sheila Dixon Investigators spent months poring over seized computers and financial documents, tracking purchases made through gift cards, linking prominent developers to those cards, and sweating witnesses....