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Should recent Baltimore theft be classified as violent crime?

Controversy consistently brews within Baltimore regarding crime in the city and how officials represent the trend of crime in the city. A recent incident at a local 7-Eleven has prompted debate regarding the classification of a theft involving various youths.

Traffic tickets were worth saving a child's life

Imagine pulling into a parking spot at a local park where just a few feet away is a 100-foot drop. It may not seem like an important fact, but your six-year old son is so excited he jumps out of the vehicle before it comes to a full stop. Instead of panicking and doing nothing, you quickly respond, throw the gearshift in park and chase after your child. This reasonable response would cost you two traffic citations. Who knows if your son would stop before plummeting over the side? You grab him at the slope's edge while the adrenaline continues coursing through your veins. As you hug your child, thanking God for being able to keep him safe, your little boy yells, "Look the car's moving."

Local lawmaker has controversial ideas regarding Baltimore crime

Republican delegate Patrick L. McDonough has created some debate due to recent proposals he's suggested in order to combat violent crime in Baltimore. Critics of McDonough's ideas suggest that they are based in racial bias and are not worth seriously contemplating.

DNA debate takes over Maryland, affects felony case procedure

Before a recent ruling specifically prompted by a Maryland assault and rape case, criminal suspects in the state likely would have had to submit more than their fingerprints following an arrest. Those arrested for felony charges would have had their DNA taken and put into a database.

Baltimore authorities target growing trend of metal theft

Discussion and worry about theft crimes have traditionally revolved around more obviously valuable items such as cars, jewelry, home electronics or money. But in Baltimore, a new kind of theft has reportedly replaced the old, leaving residents with a more unusual list of items to track and keep safe from potential criminals.

State lines won't protect privacy of suspected Maryland criminals

Maryland's Court of Appeals has reaffirmed the legality of interstate wiretapping and upheld the conviction of a man charged for trafficking marijuana. The defendant was charged for driving several pounds of marijuana from Florida to Maryland, where law enforcement arrested him and used evidence obtained through cell phone eavesdropping -- across multiple state lanes -- to achieve a conviction. Appealing the conviction, the defendant challenged the original Electronic Surveillance Act. The defendant's attorney argued that the law requires the police to keep their monitoring operations within state lines and terminate active operations when a state border is crossed. The opinion of one dissenting judge seemed to agree, posing that the tapped cell phone must be in the state where warrant was obtained or "its reach could be anywhere in the United States and, indeed, the world."

Baltimore crime cameras: 'Sound investment' or costly privacy violation?

Did you know that when you are on many of the streets of Baltimore that you are being watched? In the past, cameras have been installed to supposedly catch potential crimes and provide the community a sense of safety. But the old, more "obvious" cameras are tools of the past. The current mayor is stepping up the supposed anti-crime game on the streets of Baltimore.

Maryland marijuana possession sentencing to change in October

It isn't easy to change certain laws, especially if the proposed change decreases severity in sentencing related to a certain offense. This can be particularly true with regards to drug laws. It's notable, therefore, that marijuana possession laws in Maryland will change in October.