Demonstrators last May at Baltimore City hall. Photo by Susan Melkisethian with Flickr Creative Commons License

The Nero verdicts: What a little justice looks like

After reading Judge Barry Williams 25-page explanation of his not guilty verdicts in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero, it can easily be said that this is what a little justice looks like. An experienced, diligent jurist, after listening to all the testimony, goes through the case presented by the state charge by charge, and judges the facts by the law. That's how criminal charges are supposed to be judged -- though it often doesn't happen.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Illustration by DonkeyHotey with Flickr Creative Commons

Hillary, Trump triumph; Van Hollen vs. Szeliga; Raskin, Brown to Congress

Most of the pundits, forecasters, pollsters and politicos had it right about pretty much all the races in Maryland's primary Tuesday. They just weren't right enough -- the winners did even better than predictions and poll numbers. Hillary Clinton didn't just defeat Bernie Sanders, she clobbered him by 30 points, winning 63% of the vote and all but three counties by small margins. Donald Trump didn't just win Maryland, he triumphed. He won 54% of the vote statewide, claiming every congressional district and county against two candidates, John Kasich and Ted Cruz, who also campaigned here.

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Trump wows boisterous Hagerstown rally; thousands turned away

By 3:30 p.m., the hangar of Rider Jet Center at the Hagerstown airport was at capacity, and the Secret Service was turning away everybody -- press, VIPs and thousands who had driven far to see Donald Trump. Local Delegate Neil Parrott reported arriving at 10:30 a.m. after church and there were already 250 people in line for the show more than five hours off. Roads were clogged, industrial lots were full, "No Parking at Any Time" signs were ignored, and thousands walked a half mile in from the main road, only to stand around when the hangar entrances were blocked. Hundreds watched from a hillside for the candidate to arrive, as he finally did in his Trump-emblazoned helicopter.

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo by

Bernie, Bernie, Bernie — live at the Baltimore arena

Thousands flocked to Baltimore's Royal Farms arena Saturday to see Bernie Sanders for the same reason people packed the hall for Bruce Springsteen earlier in the week. These fans have heard the tunes over and over, but they wanted to see the performance live, "feel the Bern" and catch the vibe of thousands there to chant, "Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Bernie." They wanted to say they saw Bernie Sanders in the flesh, support his "political revolution," hear his New Yawk accent in the raw, and boo his references to Wall Street, Trump and Hillary.

girl at white board math class school (by mrcharly on Flickr)

New commission will likely lead to renewed battles over school funding

Quietly and unanimously, with brief hearings and practically no news coverage, the Maryland General Assembly passed bills that will likely set up one of the most contentious legislative fights of its election year session in 2018. The companion bills set up the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, a 25-member panel charged with examining a long list of issues about public school funding. Its recommendations are due in October 2017.

Sitting judges, literally, from left: Cathy Vitale, Glenn Klavans, Stacy McCormack, Donna Schaeffe

4 Anne Arundel judges face 3 challengers, the most in Md.

This year, there are four sitting judges on the Anne Arundel County ballot, a third of the 12-judge circuit court bench in Annapolis. They are being challenged by three other lawyers. Sitting judges on the ballots this year are also being challenged in Allegany County, Baltimore City, Garrett County, Prince George's County and Washington County. In all, 17 sitting judges around the state face 10 challengers, with the most in Anne Arundel.

Kasich in shirtsleeves

Kasich’s high road to nomination runs through Maryland

"If you did not like me today, don't tell anybody," Ohio Gov. John Kasich told a crowd of 600 after talking and taking questions for 75-minutes Wednesday afternoon at the Savage Mill in Howard County. For most of the audience, it was the first time seeing a man who's had a hard time making an impression giving 30-second responses in more than a dozen Republican presidential debates over the last eight months.