After two years in which to consider his assault of a handcuffed drug suspect in October 2011, Officer Anthony Williams showed absolutely no sense of remorse at his sentencing. “I shouldn’t be in this situation; I did nothing wrong,” he said. “Would I change what I did that day? No.”
According to WJZ, Rice admitted her guilt and voiced her remorse after being sentence, saying her involvement with incarcerated members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang — which included smuggling drugs and cellphones and even sleeping with three of them — ruined her life.
So both state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will begin an imposed three-month fundraising hiatus on Jan. 8. But wait a second, Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman isn’t a state official. So he can continue to fundraise, right? How about we just say he can’t “coordinate” with Brown?
Media outlets nationwide are looking with understandable disbelief at the Baltimore Prison Scandal. Baltimore already suffers from an image as a crime-ridden cesspool of corruption, and the charges of inmates fathering babies with guards, expensive vodka delivery to gang leaders and more only makes matters worse. As the below article posted this morning on The Daily Beast points out, details of the prison scandal would “strain the credulity of HBO.” We have to agree. -The Eds.
(Published April 26 at 4:45 a.m. on The Daily Beast)
By David Freelander
To call Gary Maynard embattled doesn’t do full justice to the word.
The secretary of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services watched this week as the agency he has run for the last six years turned into a national laughingstock after federal officials indicted 13 women who, as guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, acted like little more than underlings for members of a dangerous prison gang, the Black Guerrilla Family. Four of the correctional officers became reportedly pregnant by the leader of the gang, and two of them had his name tattooed onto their bodies—one on her neck, the other on her wrist.
But in a nearly 90-minute conversation in his office, Maynard, whom state lawmakers have called on to step down, vigorously defended his tenure, saying that it was he who brought in federal investigators once it was revealed that the gang so controlled Baltimore’s jail.
Under the new measure, large shopping centers (upwards of 100,000 square feet) would be able to put in a request with the director of Baltimore County’s Department of Permits, Approvals, and Inspections to reduce the required size of their parking lot by up to 40 percent. The legislation would effectively eliminate the period of public comment that currently accompanies such requests, but why?
Currently, Maryland is one of a minority of states in which the occupations and employers of large contributors to political campaigns are not disclosed to the public. Thankfully, our otherwise flailing General Assembly managed to pass a bill to rectify the situation, requiring campaigns to collect that kind of information about anyone giving more than $500. If Gov. Martin O’Malley doesn’t veto it, it will go into effect June 1.
According to an article in The Baltimore Sun, the bill’s sponsors think a veto would be unlikely (and pretty audacious considering the measure passed 46-0 in the Senate, 89-45 in the House).
The bill is just one of several passed this legislative session that might help Maryland raise its corruption grade from a shameful D- to a disgraceful D, or maybe even a lackluster C-. Also awaiting a gubernatorial signature is a bill “requiring that the ethics disclosure forms filed by legislators and other high-ranking officials be made available online.” And coming up for referendum in November: a constitutional amendment that would boot from office elected officials immediately upon conviction of a crime.
So even if our budget falls to pieces, our legislators can’t compromise on a gaming bill, at least they’ve made government a little easier to keep an eye on.