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The state-by-state patchwork of abortion restrictions that a reversal of Roe v. Wade would render will be even more complicated by the approaches of local prosecutors and law enforcement officials charged with enforcing abortion bans. Abortion rights advocates fear overzealous law enforcement officials will target crackdowns on the most vulnerable communities in states that prohibit abortions, while anti-abortion activists are plotting how to get around progressive prosecutors who are vowing not to enforce abortions offenses if Roe is overturned. Read more.

Cameron Silcott, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to the 2020 murder of MTA bus driver Marcus Parks Sr., was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after five years. Read more.

One of three teens charged in the fatal shooting of Efraim Gordon, an Israeli man who was killed while visiting Baltimore for his cousin’s wedding last May, pleaded guilty to murder Monday. Omarion Anderson, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Monday and is slated to be sentenced Dec. 13, said Zy Richardson, spokeswoman for the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office. Read more.

A Baltimore man charged with killing an MTA bus driver in 2020 pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced. Read more.

Today City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby applauded her team's work in that case, and in several others, saying they're getting convictions in 80 percent of the murder cases they prosecute. Read more.

More than two-thirds of people exonerated in wrongful conviction investigations last year were Black, including three on death row, according to an annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations (NRE). Read more.

Thomas’ twin, Shanna Jones, asked Mays to show no mercy and impose the harshest punishment possible. After the judge did, they filed out of the courtroom and into the hallway. Thomas’ family members enthusiastically thanked Maylor and homicide detectives Hassan Rasheed and Eric Perez. Then, they shared fond memories of Thomas. Read more.

The new partnerships will provide additional to support to victims as violent crime rises in the city. According to Mosby’s office, homicides are up by 9 percent compared to last year, and non-fatal shootings are up by 25 percent compared to last year. Read more.

To be sure, reducing low-level arrests isn’t the only reform that might have contributed to fewer police shootings. In this time period, the U.S. Department of Justice also initiated reforms in 12 major cities through consent decrees, MOAs or the Collaborative Reform Initiative,3 with cities that underwent these reforms, like Newark and Baltimore, making far larger reductions in low-level arrests and police shootings. These cities would have been more likely to implement policies intended to prevent unlawful, excessive or unconstitutional arrests, as well as new use-of-force policies restricting the amount of force used by police. Read more.

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement: “I am overjoyed to see Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed by the Senate, as she becomes the first Black woman to earn the title of Supreme Court Justice. This is an important stride for Black women in the legal profession, but more must be done in a country where Black women make up less than 2% of all attorneys. Today gives me hope that this number will change in the coming years.” Read more.