Plea Deals Part 1: Trading away justice in Baltimore

Eight officers from the police department’s elite Gun Trace Task Force had for years been robbing people, planting guns and drugs on them and lying on arrest reports to cover up their crimes.

Most of their victims pleaded guilty. It turns out that many, including Burley, were not.

All eight officers from the Baltimore police department’s elite Gun Trace Task Force have been convicted of crimes going on for years — robbing people, planting guns and drugs on them and lying on arrest reports to cover up their crimes. But they had a powerful accomplice yet to be held accountable: the criminal court system that convicted their victims.

Environmentalists, watermen forge compromise on oysters

After two years of meeting behind closed doors, some of the people who’ve been lobbing verbal grenades at each other over oyster restoration — watermen and environmentalists — have buried enough of their differences to agree on a wide-ranging set of recommendations for restoring oysters in a pair of Eastern Shore rivers while also aiding the industry that depends on harvesting them.