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  • Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more

    Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more
    Back in 2011, Angello Osborne was arrested and jailed in Harford County for more than eight months on charges that he raped and sodomized his 5-year-old daughter in his Edgewood apartment, until prosecutors, despite having told the media that the daughter had used dolls to demonstrate exactly what Osborne was alleged to have done, declined to pursue the charges. Yesterday, Osborne's lawsuit claiming that the charges stemmed from investigators purposefully leading his reluctant daughter to fabricate the abuse story survived the efforts of one of them—Peter Georgiades, a decorated officer of the Harford County Sheriff's Department—to have it dismissed. Osborne's allegations that Georgiades "knowingly omitted relevant exculpatory evidence from his arrest warrant application and actively pressured the minor child into fabricating the underlying sexual abuse," U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett wrote in his opinion, "if true, support a finding that probable cause did not exist for Osborne's arrest and subsequent imprisonment." The ill-fated investigation began when the child's mother, Meredith Pipitone, reported the alleged abuse to the authorities, including Georgiades, who left out of his application for the warrant to arrest Osborne any mention of the fact that the child allegedly denied the abuse consistently until investigators cajoled her to make up the story, as well as any information about a medical examination that sought to find signs of the alleged abuse. Last month, Osborne moved to expunge the criminal charges against him from the court records in Harford County. (Van Smith)
  • Maryland Republicans name first finance director since Bush administration

    Maryland Republicans name first finance director since Bush administration
    Maryland's Republican Party has hired its first finance director in seven years, according to this Sun piece by Erin Cox. (The announcement came a few days ago.) The job goes to Margot Crouch, who graduated from Michigan State in 2010 with a B.A. in...

    Baltimore City legislators prepare for new Annapolis session with a slew of bills

    Baltimore City legislators prepare for new Annapolis session with a slew of bills
    Two Maryland state senators and two delegates representing Baltimore City have pre-filed a total of 15 bills for consideration in the upcoming 2015 Maryland General Assembly session. Covering issues from elder abuse and pharmacy regulations to the minimum...

    Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

    Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins
    Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District) thinks it might take an act of Congress to adjust Baltimore’s parking laws. ┬áThis, anyway, was the impression left by an exchange between veteran city councilmembers during the Nov. 17 meeting. Clarke...

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more
    City Paper's Year in Photos is a compelling view, but also check out the White House's version. Bill Murray's in there, and Obama with the Easter Bunny, and with Vladimir Putin (and with a koala bear, with Putin in the background), and lots of babies,...