When he finally left, she said she grabbed her girls — clamping a hand over their mouths, afraid the man was still in the building — and crawled up the hall stairs to a neighbor's apartment, where she first called her father, and then, on his advice, the police. She sobbed on the stand as she recounted this. Read more
Marilyn Mosby, with growing coalition, pushes sexual assault legislation for fourth year
As an upstart candidate for Baltimore state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby went to Annapolis in 2013 pushing a bill to help prosecute repeat sex offenders. Filed late in the session, it had just one sponsor and went nowhere.
This year, Mosby is back for a fourth try, with passage in the Senate last year under her belt and now counting the support of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who adopted the bill this year as part of his legislative package on crime. Read more
Sun Editorial: Md. court rules that protect serial rapists over victims must be changed
Shatia Lansdowne-Ware says she was raped. I can tell you that because she said it in court. Specifically, according to a recording of her trial testimony, that a man broke into her Baltimore home as she slept in the small hours of Nov. 10, 2011, tied her up, threatened to kill her and raped her — her two young daughters asleep in the next bedroom.
Court offers help clearing warrants for failing to appear in court
For the next two weeks, authorities in Baltimore are encouraging people with open warrants for failing to appear in court to turn themselves in and begin resolving their cases. Read more
Hogan proposes bipartisan anti-crime initiative
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has rounded up bipartisan support for an anti-crime initiative designed to crack down on repeat sex and drunken-driving offenders, address sex trafficking and support crime victims with transitional housing.
Mosby, who has long advocated for the proposal, said she was grateful to Hogan and Brochin for taking up the cause this year. She mentioned several cases in which prosecutors were prohibited from introducing testimony from previous victims after charging individuals who had been repeatedly accused of sexual assaults, including a Baltimore man who won acquittal four times before finally being convicted. Read more
Prosecutors: Man pleads guilty to raping four women in Baltimore
A Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sex offense in connection with separate incidents over a two-year period, the state's attorney's office said. Read more