Editorial: Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby has no choice but to throw out cases related to corrupt Gun Trace Task Force cops

After months of combing through cases, The Office of Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has identified 800 cases in which the deceitful cops of Baltimore’s now-defunct Gun Trace Task Force handled evidence or investigations in ways we can’t trust. That’s hundreds of people who may or may not have actually committed the crimes they were charged with. We’ll never know their true innocence or guilt because work done by the eight cops from the task force — now serving prison sentences that range from 7 to 25 years for racketeering and other crimes — may have been unreliable. (Balt. Sun)

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Goodmark: Victims shouldn’t be forced to testify against partners

In a recent article, The Baltimore Sun reported that the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office had subpoenaed unwilling women to testify in criminal cases. The Sun described how one woman was subpoenaed to testify in a case against a former partner who was prosecuted for possession of a firearm by a felon. The woman begged police to excuse her from testifying, saying, “The only way I am safe is if I don’t show up to court.” Prosecutors subpoenaed her nonetheless, forcing her to testify and leaving the woman to fear retribution after the defendant was acquitted. (Balt. Sun)

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Hall: The ‘funnel cake’ approach to Md. growth

Maryland has always been a national leader in the planning and implementation of smart growth policies at the state level, especially as it relates to protecting the Chesapeake Bay. But the Hogan administration’s recent release of its state development plan, “A Better Maryland,” makes clear decades of progress have ended — and reversed. In December of 2011, after years of input and multiple public drafts, PlanMaryland was released during the O’Malley administration, in which I served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Pennsylvania needs to clean up its Chesapeake Bay-polluting act

Jackie Filson of Foot & Water Watch fixates on the 2% of Americans today who work the land as farmers, including chicken growers (“Maryland should address its own pollution before suing Pennsylvania,” Sept. 3). But in resisting holding Pennsylvania accountable for falling behind Maryland in investing in a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, she ignores significant progress already made in Maryland. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Maryland shouldn’t wait any longer to compensate the wrongly convicted

WHAT IS a year of your life worth? What amount of money can compensate for the loss of time with your family? What makes up for not being able to hold your wife’s hand, or kiss your son good night, or be there when your mother is dying? These hard and perhaps unanswerable questions lie at the heart of the dilemma confronting Maryland as it tries to sort out how to compensate people who were wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned. (Wash. Post)

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Becerra: Note to Congress — it’s time to step up and protect DREAMers

It’s hard to believe it has already been two years since the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was on the books for seven years. I can only imagine the anxiety felt by the more than 800,000 DREAMers who could face deportation if the law is, in fact, repealed. Many of those DREAMers study at my institution, Marymount University in Arlington, where I serve as president. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Prost: Md. Needs Clear Guidelines on Where to Site Solar Installations

Maryland needs clear guidelines for where to install large solar energy facilities to protect high-value farmland and forest. That need is obvious after the controversy over Georgetown University’s proposal to cut down more than 200 acres of priority forest to build a solar array. Last week, the Maryland Department of the Environment correctly denied the permits for that project, which was planned to be built in Charles County near La Plata. Forests have unmatched water filtering abilities. (Md. Matters)

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Natter, Hertling: Cutting refugee admissions will have severe consequences for the U.S. military

America was founded as a safe haven to persecuted people and a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom to people around the world. Those themes reflect our values, and the welcoming of refugees to our shores is one of our proudest legacies and a fundamental part of who we are as a nation. As military leaders, we spent nearly four decades defending these values. But today, a core American legacy is at risk, as the Trump administration is reportedly considering issuing severe, unprecedented cuts — potentially even zeroing out — the bipartisan U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, the established legal means of entry for these deserving people.

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