Evidence of corruption by Baltimore City Sgt. Wayne Jenkins and others lay just below the surface in Baltimore’s criminal justice system for years. Defendants’ allegations rarely made it to open court, leaving the isolated few that did to founder.
An analysis of voided convictions in Baltimore found that 97 percent of the defendants were held in custody after their arrest. Studies have found that those in custody are much more likely to plead guilty, and those behind bars have a weaker bargaining position.
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.
We’re 12 days away from the deadline for campaign finance reports for the first four months of 2018. But Capital News Service did an analysis of where the Democratic candidates had been raising money during 2017.
Drivers in Maryland could start seeing new plazas that only collect tolls electronically at highway speeds by the summer of 2019, said Kevin Reigrut, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority. Hatem and Key bridges first; major construction on I-895 Harbor Tunnel.
Determined to pass meaningful legislation in the wake of the Parkland and Great Mills high school shootings, Maryland lawmakers are considering a measure to put an armed school resource officer in every public school. The bill comes as part of a four-bill package being rushed through the General Assembly as session nears end.
Maryland may be paying more for some properties in the main path of the Purple Line, state officials said, because one transit agency lacks purchasing leverage, and extended negotiations would cause costly delays. “In our enthusiasm and support for the Purple Line we’re getting put over a barrel by some of these landowners. And we are having to pay a lot more than the appraised values,” Comptroller Peter Franchot said at a Feb. 7 Board of Public Works meeting.
New federal tax laws will benefit most Marylanders in the short term and especially help those with children, but are likely to reduce charitable contributions, a comprehensive analysis released Thursday by the state comptroller predicted. Without changes in state law, Maryland taxpayers will pay upward of $572 million more in state and local taxes in the 2019 fiscal year, while their combined federal tax burden would decrease by $2.8 billion, state officials said.
ByChris Miller and Helen Parshall, Capital News Service |
In East Baltimore’s, Butchers Hill, neighbors worry about muggings and stolen bikes. A few miles away, in Belair-Edison, residents fear shootings are on the rise. Across town, in Seton Hill, people worry about property theft. Baltimoreans say they are tired of crime. They say they want the police to do something about it, and that they want to be able to trust the officers.