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5-25-12: A Major Investigation

Almost exactly one year ago, Baltimore State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein announced the creation of a new major investigations unit. The idea was for local and federal authorities to build cases against violent, repeat offenders. Some major indictments from that unit came just last week. State’s Attorney Bernstein joins Sheilah to discuss the investigation.

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5-21-12: Recognizing Same Sex Divorce…and Marriage

Maryland’s highest court ruled unanimously on Friday that the state must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally wed in other states. We talk about the ramifications of the ruling with a law professor.

Continue Reading May 21, 2012 at 8:01 am Leave a comment

5-1-12: Remembering Trooper Shaft Hunter

Friday is Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland. A ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium will honor the police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers who’ve been killed in the line of duty in Maryland. This year, that is one: State Trooper 1st Class Shaft S. Hunter, killed last May while patrolling Interstate 95. Sheilah talks about his life and work with his mother, Princella Hunter.

Continue Reading May 1, 2012 at 7:57 am 1 comment

2-27-12: A Program for Reducing Truancy

Sheliah interviews Somerset County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Master Robert Laird about the Truancy Reduction Pilot Program–a court-based program that some Maryland counties are using to address and fix habitual truancy without criminalizing students.

Continue Reading February 27, 2012 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

2-22-12: Maryland’s Civil Rights Movement Seen and Heard

A new Maryland Historical Society exhibition brings alive the state’s civil rights movement with photographs and oral history. We’ll discuss the movement all the way back to the 1930s with “Seen and Heard” organizer Jenny Ferretti, civil rights figure Dr. Helena Hicks, and Fraser Smith, WYPR senior news analyst and author of “Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland.”

Continue Reading February 22, 2012 at 8:00 am 4 comments

2-15-12: The Application of the Death Penalty

Could a Maryland law intended to LIMIT the cases to which the death penalty applies actually be considered “cruel and unusual”? We examine it with a national expert.

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2-3-12: Maryland’s Modern Day Segregation Suit

Advocates for Maryland’s historically Black institutions take on the state.

Continue Reading February 3, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

1-25-12: Maryland’s Fetal Homicide Law

Two doctors practicing in Cecil County have been charged with murder under the state’s fetal homicide law. It’s the first time prosecutors in Maryland have used the law to bring charges against physicians performing abortions. We learn how the law compares to others around the country from policy analysts at the Guttmacher Institute and the National Right to Life Committee.

Continue Reading January 25, 2012 at 8:15 am 1 comment

1-23-12: Lead Paint Poisoning Judgment Overturned

A Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruling just tossed a $2.6 million judgment against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. It was one of several outstanding judgments in cases where children had been poisoned by lead paint in public housing. The ruling leaves several questions unanswered. Sheilah walks through them with University of Maryland law professor Brenda Blom and attorney Saul Kerpelman.

Continue Reading January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am 1 comment

1-6-12: A New Way of Prosecuting

State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein is employing a new community prosecution strategy in Baltimore. The idea is for prosecutors to become community liaisons who are better able to recognize criminal patterns.

Continue Reading January 6, 2012 at 8:30 am 1 comment

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