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  • Best Sentence

    The defunct Sonar nightclub in downtown Baltimore used to have a front man, co-owner Daniel McIntosh (also co-owner of McCabe’s Tavern in Hampden), who seemed to live and breathe the local music scene. That changed quickly when he got caught up in a massive pot-conspiracy and money-laundering indictment with 15 others in 2011, and it was clear, given his prior drug convictions, he was facing a stiff sentence if convicted. He fought the charges, lost after a lengthy jury trial in 2012, and was finally sentenced this year: 10 years in prison, the rock-bottom penalty he could get, and far below the 30 years-to-life that federal sentencing guidelines recommended. McIntosh was pretty low on the totem pole of the indictment, yet he got more time than the 87 months given recently to the lead defendant in a similar federal case in Maryland, Kareem Dayi. Given the liberalizing zeitgeist on the topic of sentencing pot defendants, a 10-year sentence for dealing weed may seem like something out of the Inquisition by the time McIntosh’s sentence is over.
  • Wandering Eye: Celebrating a Fells Point savior, credit card bloodsuckers, and the latest from Ferguson

    Wandering Eye: Celebrating a Fells Point savior, credit card bloodsuckers, and the latest from Ferguson
    For those who had fun in Fells Point during the Star-Spangled Spectacular this past weekend, something's happening tonight that recognizes someone whose efforts meant Fells Point remains a happening place: the late Lucretia Billings "Lu” Fisher. She...

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed

    Sing it properly and in full, or F.S. Key very arguably would want you jailed
    It’s official enough. “The resolution will be able to be passed tonight,” First District Councilman Jim Kraft told his colleagues. “It will be able to go with the Star-Spangled Celebration.”  And so it was that the city...

    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&...

    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...