Wandering Eye: A deeper look at a 1970 murder case, Amazon heads to the Supreme Court, and more

Some of the best stories published about modern Baltimore have come from Tom Nugent, who for City Paper in 2005 did an exhaustive review of the mysterious unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, a Catholic nun, whose body was found in January 1970. Nugent is now publishing new material on the "Sister Cathy" case on his website, insidebaltimore.org, concluding that "new evidence points to church, police cover-up in sexual abuse-related murder of Baltimore nun." Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts should take note, as any cop complicit in covering up what happened to Cesnik and victims of sexual abuse by Baltimore police officers and Catholic priests—which Nugent's reporting recounts—remains institutional poison even more than two generations after it allegedly occurred. Though the perpetrators may be dead, addressing any cover-up and finally solving the cold case of Sister Cathy would aid the living victims while helping to restore public confidence in the department, which, based on Nugent's new reporting, needs to cleanse its conscience. (Van Smith)


Temp workers at an Amazon warehouse have gone to the Supreme Court seeking back and future pay for standing in line at a company security screening before and after their daily work shifts. The story's been all over (here's today’s Reuters version from The Sun) and much is being made of the supposedly tricky question at the center of the case: Is the work in question "integral and indispensable" to the principal activity? Acording to the story, "Justice Antonin Scalia, appeared skeptical that the screening process was a 'principal activity' of the workers' jobs under the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore subject to compensation." But the test for that would seem elementary. If, upon arrival at the warehouse, the workers can elect to simply walk past the screening gate and clock-in directly to their jobs, then the screening is not integral. If, however, they are not permitted to skip the screening it is a "principal activity." N’est pas? The Obama administration backs the warehouse contractor on this point and says the workers should not be paid. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


A St. Louis cop working security shot and killed a man who fired a gun at him late Wednesday, sparking comparisons to the Ferguson, Missouri killing of an unarmed African-American teen two months ago. As the L.A. Times reports, the police officer, who is not identified except to say that he is white and 32 years old, was in uniform on a department-approved security job when he went to check on a pedestrian, who allegedly fled, then turned and fired three shots at the cop, missing him. The cop shot back 17 times, hitting the man, identified as 18-year-old Vonderrit (or Vonderrick) Myers Jr., as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. A crowd gathered at the scene and damaged some police vehicles. A cousin of the victim claimed he was holding a sandwich, not a gun. Police said they recovered a 9mm Ruger from the dead man and that he was "no stranger to law enforcement." (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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