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What point are riots when the place is still smouldering from the last sacking? At least a couple years to rebuild and bring in more lootable inventory.

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 Post subject: Re: Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the
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Congressman Elijah Cummings from Baltimore is using vehcile with Congressional plates to drive for Lyft....oh...no...wait ...it's his DAUGHTER! :roll:

"May be an ethical grey area?" Duh.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings said today that his daughter, a recent college graduate, had been using his Honda with Congressional license plates to work as a driver for ride-sharing company Lyft.



Rep. Cummings Endorses Clinton, Advises Her to 'Embrace' Sanders' Issues

“In an effort to earn some extra money to pay her expenses at school, she signed up for a part-time position with one of the ride-sharing companies. They, in turn, gave her a sticker to apply to the windshield of the car," Cummings, D-Maryland, said in a statement.

A photo of the car with the special license plates and a Lyft driver sticker was spotted in Washington last week, which was then picked up by Washington neighborhood blog Popville on Monday.







The Maryland Democrat, who represents the Baltimore area in Congress, said his daughter has removed his congressional license plates from the car, and apologized for not removing the plates before loaning her the car.

Cummings said he gave his daughter permission to continue using the car as a Lyft driver. It was unclear whether Cummings had to re-register the vehicle. Cummings' office said the car was not a campaign vehicle or an official vehicle.

The House Ethics Committee said it had no immediate comment on whether this may have been an ethical grey area.


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Congressman Elijah Cummings from Baltimore is using vehcile with Congressional plates to drive for Lyft....oh...no...wait ...it's his DAUGHTER! :roll:

"May be an ethical grey area?" Duh.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings said today that his daughter, a recent college graduate, had been using his Honda with Congressional license plates to work as a driver for ride-sharing company Lyft.



Rep. Cummings Endorses Clinton, Advises Her to 'Embrace' Sanders' Issues

“In an effort to earn some extra money to pay her expenses at school, she signed up for a part-time position with one of the ride-sharing companies. They, in turn, gave her a sticker to apply to the windshield of the car," Cummings, D-Maryland, said in a statement.

A photo of the car with the special license plates and a Lyft driver sticker was spotted in Washington last week, which was then picked up by Washington neighborhood blog Popville on Monday.







The Maryland Democrat, who represents the Baltimore area in Congress, said his daughter has removed his congressional license plates from the car, and apologized for not removing the plates before loaning her the car.

Cummings said he gave his daughter permission to continue using the car as a Lyft driver. It was unclear whether Cummings had to re-register the vehicle. Cummings' office said the car was not a campaign vehicle or an official vehicle.

The House Ethics Committee said it had no immediate comment on whether this may have been an ethical grey area.


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cars with Congressional plates get special parking spots and other privileges in the city, which could benefit a Lyft driver willing to exploit such perks.

Must be nice.........

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 Post subject: Re: Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the
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The same judge that was tempted to throw out the last case finds that the Prosecution witheld exculpatory evidence in the van driver's trial.

Clearly, the message has come down from Mosby to "Get a fucking conviction, damnit! You guys are making me look bad to the "community""!

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The judge overseeing the trial of a police officer charged with murdering Freddie Gray has determined that prosecutors withheld information that would have been beneficial to the defense.

Judge Barry Williams was visibly angry in the Baltimore court but he did not dismiss the charges against police officer Caesar Goodson, as his attorneys had requested. Williams is giving prosecutors until Monday to disclose any other relevant evidence they have withheld. Goodson was the driver of the van during the arrest of Gray, 25, last year.

Goodson's attorneys have argued that prosecutors withheld statements made last year by Donta Allen, a key witness. Allen was picked up by the Baltimore police van after Gray.

In his original statement to police in April last year, Allen said he heard loud banging coming from Gray's side of the vehicle. He gave a similar statement in a separate interview a month later, but the state never turned it over as evidence to defense attorneys. Judge Williams found today that prosecutors committed a so-called Brady Violation because Allen's May 2015 statement was deemed exculpatory evidence and it's the state's duty to divulge this information to the defense.

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 Post subject: Re: Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the
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Looks like the Baltimore powers that be keep striking out ... showing us how its done!

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... Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson has been found not guilty in his trial for the murder of black detainee Freddie Gray.
He was found not guilty on a second-degree depraved heart murder charge, the most serious count sought against the six officers charged in the case.
The officer drove the van in which Mr Gray rode before he died.
The verdict is a blow to prosecutors, who have yet to win a conviction in the case. ...


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 Post subject: Re: Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the
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Wow. I thought he might have been at risk on lesser charges. Two cases in a row the same black judge tells the proescution they are full of shit. The judge sniffed out the political nature of the prosecution from the start.

This was the prosecutions strongest case. They should just drop the charges against the others and apologize to them. Both the mayor and prosecutor should quit. The Chief of Police (another black guy) has already been fired. I wonder if the "black community" is going to stand up and cheer for the two black defendants that "stood up to the man" like they did when OJ was acquitted?

Meanwhile the taxpayers of Baltimore shell out millions to the deadbeat family of a chronic deadbeat and now the Baltimore PD and city government will have the DOJ crawling up their hind quarters for 20 years.

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... The judge sniffed out the political nature of the prosecution ..


But aren't these judges missing a key page out of the play book? Are't they supposed to be PART of the "political nature" !!??

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Baltimore saw steep fall in police numbers as murder rate soared

By Scott Malone By Scott MaloneJuly 7, 2016

By Scott Malone

(Reuters) - Already beset by a public outcry over the high-profile death of a black man in police custody and a rising murder rate, Baltimore's police department is facing another headache: it's shrinking fast.

The number of uniformed officers in the mid-Atlantic city fell 6.1 percent last year and has shrunk by even more in the first half of this year, according to police data seen by Reuters and not previously reported.

The fall in 2015 was the biggest decline in police numbers among nine comparably-sized U.S. cities reviewed by Reuters. The police force in Detroit and El Paso shrank by 4.9 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively, while Denver and Las Vegas saw increases of over 5 percent. (Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/28SL0kK)

The reasons for the fall are unclear, but it comes at a difficult time when the number of murders and other violent crimes have risen sharply in Baltimore and many other U.S. cities.

Shrinking budgets have pressured police recruitment in many U.S. cities, including Baltimore, where police officials say they also face steep competition from neighboring Washington to recruit and retain cops. Baltimore's most recent budget slashed municipal government, reflecting a declining tax base, the city's tepid economy and high unemployment.

While there are no U.S. national statistics on the number of people applying for police jobs, some officers, union officials and criminal justice experts say hiring in Baltimore and elsewhere has also been hurt by high-profile killings by police.

The death of Baltimore man Freddie Gray in police custody in April 2015, as well as those of other black men at the hands of police in cities including New York, Cleveland, and Ferguson, Missouri, has brought increased scrutiny to cops nationwide.

"They're having trouble recruiting because since Ferguson there has been a lot of negative press about policing," said John DeCarlo, an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven and former chief of the Branford, Connecticut, police department.

The sharp decline in police numbers in Baltimore comes after Gray's death set off violent protests that put the city at the heart of a national debate over race and police use of force.

Six of the officers involved in Gray's arrest were criminally charged, and two have so far been acquitted.

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Baltimore, a city of 622,000 people, has long been blighted by deep-seated poverty and drug crime in some neighborhoods. The city saw a 63 percent surge in homicides last year, with 344 people slain, though the number of killings has declined modestly this year, by 5 percent through July 2.

The city ended 2015 with 2,634 sworn officers on its police force, down from 2,805 a year earlier, according to Police Department data. From January to June 9, the force shrank by a further 6.8 percent to 2,445 officers, according to city records.

"We're operating short-handed," said Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police union, who called the climate since Gray's death a "morale killer."

Both union and police officials say officers have defected to other departments in the area since the riots that followed Gray’s death.

Ryan added that due to staffing shortages police brass are ordering a lot of "supplemental patrols," in which more specialized officers are assigned to respond to emergency calls.

The city's most recent budget cuts the size of the police force by 8 percent to 2,629, still more officers than it now has on the payroll.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said members of his organization report declines in the number of applicants. He said declines in pay and pensions and the anger that followed incidents in Baltimore and Ferguson have turned off potential applicants.

Criminologists say it is not clear if police shortages have contributed to a rise in many types of violent crime in the United States since 2015.

But they do see knock-on effects from fewer police on the beat such as a rise in overtime and potentially overworked police who may be more prone to making mistakes. It also forces some departments to respond more slowly or not at all to some lower priority crimes, police officials and criminal justice experts say.

Baltimore Police spokesman Lieutenant Jarrod Jackson said the department is using a variety of strategies to make up for staffing shortages, including assigning specialized officers to handle more routine duties.

“There will be parts of the year where some of our veteran officers and detectives will supplement patrol,” Jackson said.

On Baltimore's streets, residents said they are aware of the difficulties police have had in recruiting, though many said that reflects a population that has become accustomed to unfair treatment.

"Right now, in my mind, it just seems like they want more snitches," said Brittani Harris, who has lived in the city for all of her 24 years. "You have people who are afraid of police but also police who are afraid of people. Especially in Baltimore."

(Scott Malone reported from Boston. Additional reporting by Clarece Polke in Baltimore. Editing by Jason Szep and Stuart Grudgings)


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by Chris White | 11:16 am, July 19th, 2016

A law professor at George Washington University School of Law has filed two additional disciplinary complaints against Baltimore Deputy State’s Attorneys Michael Schatzow and Janice Bledsoe. Schatzow and Bledsoe are the two courtroom prosecutors involved in the trials against the six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Professor John Banzhaf filed the complaints on Tuesday with the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland. Last month, Banzhaf also filed a disciplinary complaint against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that seeks to have her disbarred for alleged unethical conduct in the prosecution of the “Baltimore Six.”

The two new complaints allege that Schatzow and Bledsoe violated multiple provisions of the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct, including a failure to turn over exculpatory evidence and the failure to refrain from prosecuting charges not supported by probable cause. Prof. Banzhaf’s complaints heavily rely in the findings of trial Judge Barry Williams.

The complaint states, “[The most recent] opinion, like the earlier two, is replete with findings that there was “no evidence” or that the prosecutors “failed to show” – not that the evidence was equivocal or weak or even flimsy, but rather completely nonexistent on many key points.”

Prof. Banzhaf argues these findings show “even if there initially once was probable cause to indict the officers, and likewise sufficient evidence to warrant a guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt, it has long since vanished, especially by the time a decision was made to proceed to trial with Lt. [Brian] Rice.”

In a statement released on Tuesday, Prof. Banzhaf said, “Should the prosecutors decide to bring the remaining officers to trial, they will simply continue committing professional suicide – as [Duke lacrosse prosecutor Mike] Nifong did.”

Prof. Banzhaf knows a lot about the Nifong case, too. He played a role in the disbarment and civil litigation against Nifong.
In an interview last month with LawNewz.com, Prof. Banzhaf said he sees a lot of similarities in how Nifong conducted himself in the Duke lacrosse case to how the Baltimore prosecutors have conducted themselves in the Freddie Gray matter.

Of the six officers charged in the case, three have now been acquitted at bench trials and a third, William Porter, is currently awaiting retrial after jury was one vote short of acquitting him of involuntary manslaughter charge after a trial last year. The two other officers are still awaiting their original trials.

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You can read the complaints at the above link.

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Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history.

The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.

It also means the office of Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray's death.

Officer William Porter's trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in December, before Williams acquitted Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson and Lt. Brian Rice at bench trials in May, June, and July, respectively.

In a hearing Wednesday meant to start the trial of Officer Garrett Miller, Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow told Williams that the state was dropping all charges against Miller, Porter and Sgt. Alicia White.

Porter had been scheduled to be retried in September, and White had been scheduled to be tried in October.

Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries in the back of the van in April 2015 and died a week after his arrest. His death sparked widespread, peaceful protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson.

Prosecutors, the officers and their attorneys were all barred by a gag order from discussing the case, until after all of the officers' cases have been adjudicated.

With Wednesday's decision, the gag order is now lifted, though prosecutors and defense attorneys were not immediately available for comment.

In clearing Nero, Goodson and Rice, Williams had repeatedly said that prosecutors presented little or no evidence to support their broader theory in the case – that the officers acted unreasonably, and willfully disregarded their training and general orders, when they decided not to secure Gray in a seat belt, and that the decision directly led to his death.

All of the officers had pleaded not guilty. Their attorneys have said they acted reasonably and professionally, and that Gray's death was the result of a tragic accident.

The decision Wednesday to drop all charges came during what was expected to be a contentious hearing surrounding the prosecution's ability to proceed with Miller's trial without using anything he said on the witness stand in Nero's trial against him.

Miller was compelled to testify at Nero's trial under a limited form of immunity designed to protect his constitutional right against self-incrimination while freeing him to speak about the events that transpired on the morning of Gray's arrest. Before Miller's trial could proceed, prosecutors were required to show that they had not gleaned any evidence or strategic advantage in Miller's trial from his immunized testimony.

Miller's defense attorneys had argued that in order to do so, the prosecutors who argued in Nero's trial and the special "clean team" of prosecutors assigned to argue in Miller's trial without knowledge of his previous testimony should have to take the stand.

Catherine Flynn, one of Miller's attorney, also suggested that Schatzow and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe, who argued Nero's case, had inappropriately remained involved in Miller's case. Flynn had subpoenaed Schatzow and Bledsoe, as well as Assistant State's Attorneys Lisa Phelps and Sarah David, who were assigned to the clean team.

Having dropped the charges, prosecutors avoid taking the stand.

This story will be updated.




The fact of the matter is that the prosecutors were unable to obtain convictions in the first three cases (and presumably they led with their best/strongest cases first).
It was unlikely that the prosecutors could have obtained convictions in the remaining (weaker) cases.

It will be interesting to see what the response to this is. (gnashing of teeth, protests, riots, etc.).

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