Tag Archives: Maryland

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)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/doj-bring-charges-officers-gray-case-49799790

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)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/coralewis/baltimore-took-down-its-confederate-monuments-overnight

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)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/the-new-threat-to-free-political-speech/

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)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Maryland-governor-signs-bill-to-ban-fracking-11049755.php

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)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seven-baltimore-cops-indicted-federal-racketeering-n727716

US appeals court: Screw the Constitution, Maryland's regime can do whatever it wants

Source: US News & World Report

"A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maryland's ban on assault rifles [sic], ruling gun owners are not protected under the U.S. Constitution to possess 'weapons of war,' court documents showed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided 10-4 that the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, a law [passed as a way of grandstanding on] the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, by a gunman with an assault rifle [sic], does not violate the right to bear arms within the Second Amendment." (02/22/17)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-02-22/appeals-court-upholds-marylands-ban-on-assault-rifles

Push for Maryland fracking ban is based on bad science

Source: Heartland Institute
by Isaac Orr

"In 2015, Maryland legislators imposed a two-year statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by overriding Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of the legislation. Now, legislators from Baltimore seem determined to enact a complete ban on fracking, but their claims fracking will contaminate water and threaten public health are scientifically baseless. The only thing a fracking ban would accomplish is denying much-needed economic opportunities to people living in Western Maryland." (02/06/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/02/push-for-maryland-fracking-ban-is-based-on-bad-science/

MD: Hogan announces crackdown on doctors, patients, small business

Source: Washington Post

"Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced new measures aimed at [making political hay with] the state's growing opioid epidemic, including proposals to limit prescriptions for pain medications and increase prison terms for drug dealers convicted of distributing opioids that result in lethal overdoses. Hogan (R) also signed an executive order establishing a central 'command center' to [create fake government 'jobs' and blow scads of taxpayer money on cronies in the name of supporting] local and state efforts to combat opioid abuse, a problem that resulted in 1,400 fatal overdoses in Maryland last year." (01/25/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/hogan-limit-opioid-prescriptions-to-7-days-boost-penalty-for-dealers-whose-drugs-cause-fatal-overdoses/2017/01/24/5c5b102c-e25a-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

MD: Baltimore, US DoJ reach consent decree agreement on police reform

Source: Hartford Courant

"The city of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday signed an historic agreement that, if approved in federal court, will mandate a range of costly police reforms in coming years, from how officers stop residents on the street to how they are trained, supervised and disciplined. … The Justice Department began investigating the Baltimore Police Department — with the support of city officials — in 2015, after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in police custody. Gray's death sparked widespread protests that later devolved into rioting, looting and arson." (01/12/17)

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/bs-md-ci-doj-consent-decree-20170112-story.html