Tag Archives: Maryland

Corruption beyond imagination

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Four [Baltimore] police officers, already convicted, testified to routinely violating the rights of citizens in order to steal cash and property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. … A total of eight officers of the Gun Trace Task Force have now been convicted of or pleaded guilty to felonies. … Baltimore, we’ve got a problem.” (02/15/18)


MD: Baltimore cops found guilty of racketeering, robbery in Gun Trace Task Force corruption case

Source: Baltimore Sun

“A federal jury convicted two Baltimore police detectives Monday for their roles in one of the biggest police corruption scandals in city history. Detectives Daniel T. Hersl, 48, and Marcus R. Taylor, 31, were found guilty of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Prosecutors said they and their comrades on the Gun Trace Task Force had acted as ‘both cops and robbers,’ using the power of their badges to steal large sums of money from residents under the guise of police work.” (02/12/18)


Chelsea Manning’s anarchist campaign

Source: The American Conservative
by Jason Lee Byas

“Less than a year after being released from prison, whistleblower Chelsea Manning, known mostly for releasing a series of military logs and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, has filed to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland as a Democrat. She almost certainly won’t defeat her primary opponent, incumbent Senator Ben Cardin. That doesn’t matter. If Chelsea Manning were to miraculously win both the Democratic primary and general election, it’s even less likely that she would be able to accomplish any of her main policy goals. Few if any other senators would sign on to immediately abolishing Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), let alone doing the same to prisons and the military. That also doesn’t matter. What matters is that Chelsea Manning will have greater access to the public ear on those and other issues.” (01/22/18)


MD: Former political prisoner Chelsea Manning files for US Senate race vs. Cardin

Source: Baltimore Sun

“Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin in this year’s election. Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on its website Thursday. She is running as a Democrat.” (01/13/18)


MD: Musk’s Boring Company gets permission to dig a ten-mile tunnel

Source: Mashable

“The hyperloop is moving ahead. Elon Musk got permission from Maryland officials for his Boring Company to build a 10-mile tunnel in the state, the Baltimore Sun reported. The tunnel would be the first part of Musk’s envisioned hyperloop to transport people underground between New York and Washington, D.C. … The 10.3-mile tunnel will be situated beneath the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Even though the tunnel is part of Musk’s futuristic vision, this first step only required the usual utility permits — just like any electric company getting state permission to dig underground. Musk’s ultimate vision, though, will require permission from states beyond Maryland, and from the federal government as well. Musk, who also runs Tesla and Space X, founded the Boring Company to eliminate traffic congestion through a network of underground tunnels.” (10/21/17)


MD: No federal charges for Freddie Gray’s murderers

Source: ABC News

“The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it won’t bring federal civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death touched off weeks of protests and unrest in the city. … The decision not to bring federal charges against the officers means none of them will be held criminally responsible for Gray’s death. Three officers were acquitted in state court, and Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby later dropped the remaining state cases.” (09/12/17)


MD: Baltimore took down its Confederate monuments overnight

Source: BuzzFeed

“Baltimore hasn’t wasted any time removing its monuments to the Confederacy. Just one day after the city council voted to immediately remove four Confederate statues in the city, social media posts showed crews taking the monuments down and carting them away in the middle of the night. … The Baltimore removals come as several cities hasten to dismantle their Confederate monuments in the wake of the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.” (08/16/17)


The new threat to free political speech

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Thomas Eddlem

“It’s said that tough cases make bad law. If so, Maryland’s prosecution of Dennis Fusaro and Stephen Waters for campaign finance law violations threatens to make some really bad law. The prosecutors themselves believe the case will ‘justify burdening speech and associational rights’ under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and article 10 of the Maryland State Constitution’s Declaration of Rights. The latter promises ‘That freedom of speech and debate, or proceedings in the Legislature, ought not to be impeached in any Court of Judicature.’ … One of several interesting details about the case is that none of the actions, spending or speech took place inside the State of Maryland. Prosecutors claim that Fusaro bought the phone used for the call at a Virginia Wal-Mart and had Waters set up the robocall from Virginia with a Canadian company. In short, Maryland is claiming that it can regulate political speech initiated in other states.” (06/21/17)


MD: Hogan signs fracking ban into law

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland, the first state where a legislature has voted to bar the practice that actually has natural gas reserves. The Republican governor signed the measure into law about a week after the bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Fracking for oil and gas isn’t being conducted in Maryland now, but a moratorium was set to end in October, which is when the ban technically takes effect. Supporters of the ban said it was the first in the nation approved by a legislature in a state that has natural gas underground. Neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania allow fracking.” (04/04/17)


MD: Seven Baltimore cops indicted on federal racketeering charges

Source: NBC News

“Seven Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday for federal racketeering crimes ranging from filing false overtime claims while actually at a casino to robbing a driver during a traffic stop. One of the cops is facing a separate charge for drug distribution. Investigators said the crimes — some of them committed by some members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force — took place last year as the Department of Justice investigated the Baltimore Police Department for use of excessive force, among other violations. The racketeering investigation was conducted in secret over the past year as part of what officials described as a sweeping reform effort across the department.” (03/02/17)