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  • Willie Featherstone is a sexual predator, but he keeps getting out of prison. A former law clerk and corrections employee wonders why

    On July 1, a criminal plea was taken in Baltimore City Circuit Court, Room 636, Courthouse East. It was a case common enough to rate no media attention whatsoever. A substitute prosecutor called the case at 2:09 p.m. She stood at the trial table with...
  • Maryland correctional officers

    Since last year's Best of Baltimore issue: four Maryland correctional officers (COs) have pleaded guilty in federal court to conduct arising from their prison-gang ties, and a fifth was indicted in a federal prison-gang racketeering conspiracy; four COs...
  • Some courthouse races may be obscure, but they're rarely dull

    Chief Judge Joyce M. Baylor-Thompson says it would not be accurate to say that HB 417, proposing an amendment to Maryland’s State Constitution and up for a vote this November, is the anti-Ramona Moore Baker amendment. But then again, she and her...
  • Baltimore man sues Justice Department and The Washington Post

    What does William C. Bond do when he feels backed against a wall, armed only with evidence of alleged wrongdoing by members of Maryland’s federal bench and bar? He sues pro se—that is, without the aid of an attorney. In September, the 46-...
  • In state's attorney race, Jessamy stands on a troubled record while Bernstein runs on reform and limited experience

    Standing on 26th Street between Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue at 3 p.m. on July 27, Gregg Bernstein told reporters that the murder of Stephen Pitcairn, the Johns Hopkins University researcher stabbed two blocks away two nights earlier, “was not...
  • The bottom of the ballot proves an odd and sometimes fascinating place

    If numbers are any indication, giving Baltimoreans a chance to vote on legislative issues—the bottom-of-the-ballot measures known as ballot questions—is just a formality. The city posed 45 questions to its residents over the course of the last...
  • 2015 Ford Mustang: First Drive

     
    Things that don't happen every day: moon landings, royal births, Supreme Court nominations ??? and an all-new Ford Mustang. This year is one of those rare times in which we get to experience at least one of those events as......
  • Why the Hobby Lobby ruling is broader than the Supreme Court majority says it is

     
    Wednesday's print column U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told us not to worry. Yes, on religious freedom grounds, a 5-4 majority of the court exempted Hobby Lobby and other "closely held" corporations from the general requirement that the health.....
  • Supreme Court retreats from progress

     
    (The U.S. Supreme Court) came within one vote of declaring the VCR contra band 30 years ago ... The dissent in that case was driven in part by the plaintiffs’ prediction that VCR technology would wreak all manner of havoc......
  • As I've been saying, what part of 'shall not be diminished or impaired' don't our lawmakers understand?

     
    Breaking news: The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being...
  • *Yawn* Give up yet, social conservatives?

     
    Whoops! Time to reset my "Days Without a Major Court Decision Upholding Gay Marriage" calendar. The number was 19 — the days that had elapsed since a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin struck down that state's same-sex......
  • 'Yes for Independent Maps' folds its tent

     
    Rick Pearson reports that the "group pushing a constitutional amendment to create a more independent way to draw legislative districts pulled the plug on the effort today, hours after a Cook County judge tossed the proposal from the Nov. 4......