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Baltimore Sun- “I wanted the people of Baltimore to hear it from me: I’ve done nothing wrong. I did not defraud anyone to take money from my retirement savings. I did not lie on my mortgage application,” she said. “Don’t be fooled. We are now five months from my next election, and this indictment is merely a political ploy by my political adversaries to unseat me." Read More

NBC- "Unfortunately, we have seen a dramatic increase in crime all around the country and certainly in this region," Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said. Prince George's County's murder rate doubled last year. Braveboy says the proliferation of untraceable ghost guns is making prosecution tougher in some cases. “We don't have regulations around the requirements for the manufacturers of the ghost guns," she said. Read More

Baltimore Sun- For at least the third time since the onset of the pandemic two years ago, Baltimore City courts have limited functions and shut down jury trials, with the most recent closure occurring late last month, when the Court of Appeals froze proceedings through Feb. 8, 2022, amid another virus spike. Clearly, little has been learned by the court (i.e. judges) over the course of the pandemic to ensure that the worker bees of the courts — including prosecutors, public defenders and administrative personnel — are protected as best as possible and that those individuals on trial (mainly poor Black people) are afforded their constitutional rights. Read More

Maryland Daily Record- Maryland’s legal community found itself challenged in the last two years by a coronavirus pandemic that delayed trials, made in-person depositions difficult, created new categories of legal actions and otherwise disrupted all of the processes that make our varied legal system function. Read More 

New York Times- Now that Mr. Bragg is in office, it is becoming clear to onlookers that his vision is similar to that of district attorneys around the country who have championed more lenient policies, including Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Marilyn Mosby in Baltimore, George Gascon in Los Angeles, Kim Foxx in Chicago and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco. In an interview, Mr. Krasner, who was re-elected to a second term in November, said Mr. Bragg would undoubtedly encounter resistance, from within the district attorney’s office and from institutions outside it, including the courts, the police, the news media and even elements of the Democratic Party. Read More

Davis Vanguard- The Washington Examiner, a conservative publication, on January 1, argued, “Liberal prosecutors across the country have overseen significant crime waves in America’s major cities this year — and have largely stood by their aggressive reforms.”  They added that “few have acknowledged the seeming link between their departure from the prosecutorial status quo and the rise in violence.” Their examples: Larry Krasner, Chesa Boudin, Marilyn Mosby, Kim Foxx and George Gascón. But if you look at the list of cities with high murder rates and large increases in murder rates, there are a lot of cities that have traditional DAs.  When you look at huge increases in murder rates, sure you have places like Chicago and Baltimore on the list in the top 10, but you also have Memphis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Columbus, Oklahoma City and Cincinnati—cities in red states, without progressive prosecutors. Read More

Baltimore Sun- Baltimore City Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Adams said the agency responded just before 8 p.m. to a fire at the detention center, where they spotted a fire from the fifth floor. Crews quickly extinguished the flames, Adams said. The fire resulted in 28 non-life-threatening injuries and four that required hospital treatment. Read More
NBC News- But as investigators assessed three fires, started using paper products, clothing, and a heavy-duty plastic rolling food cart as accelerants, inmates in another of the jail set two more fires, officials said. Firefighters who were assisting in the investigation put out the additional fires. Read More
Fox DC- Officials say the investigation is continuing and charges will be filed after consultation with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office. Read More
Baltimore Sun- The settlement, which is due to be approved by the city’s Board of Estimates Wednesday, would close out a lawsuit filed by the family of Malcolm J. Bryant. Bryant was convicted of killing 16-year-old Toni Bullock in 1998. His sentence was vacated in 2016 with the help of the Maryland Innocence Project after a court-ordered DNA test on the victim’s nail clippings revealed a partial DNA profile that did not match Bryant. Read More