12 attorneys are leaving Anne Arundel. The new top prosecutor isn't worried.

When Anne Colt Leitess becomes Anne Arundel County’s State’s Attorney today, it’ll come as nearly a quarter of the county’s prosecutors exit. Leitess, who defeated incumbent State’s Attorney Wes Adams in November’s general election for her second term in office, comes at a time of significant turnover at her new office. Before the Democrat is sworn into office this afternoon, at least 16 employees have announced plans to retire or resign since her election on Nov. 6, spokeswoman Carol Parreco said. (Balt. Sun)

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As councilman seeks to restore immigration screening, Anne Arundel executive plans town hall campaign

The debate over the 287(g) immigration screening program in Anne Arundel County appears far from over. County Councilman Nathan Volke introduced a resolution Monday night at the Arundel Center meeting calling on County Executive Steuart Pittman to reinstate the 287(g) immigration screening program. The Pasadena Republican also asked the council to seek a reversal on Pittman’s decision to provide legal help for detainees, funded by money the county earns from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by using the county jail to house people awaiting immigration hearings. (Balt. Sun)

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Community advocate joins Baltimore police monitoring team

Baltimore has a new lead community liaison for the monitoring team overseeing the federal consent decree mandating the reform of the city’s police department. Ray Kelly has been named the interim executive director of the Baltimore Community Mediation Center, a nonprofit chosen by the city and U.S. Department of Justice to join the monitoring team. Kelly previously led the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore and advocated for constitutional policing reforms. (WTOP)

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Howard County's first African-American state's attorney talks about history and his vision for the future

Within moments of being sworn in as Howard County’s new state’s attorney — the first-ever African-American to hold that position — Rich Gibson positioned himself with his back to the crowded courtroom and took a selfie to commemorate the moment. “I am the first African-American state’s attorney in Howard County,” Gibson said in his remarks Monday in Howard County Circuit Court. “The fact is both sad and remarkable. It’s sad because of how long [it took] to break the barrier.” (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan’s redistricting panel co-chair says state should be national model

The Democratic co-chair of the Republican governor’s commission to redraw a western Maryland congressional district found to be unconstitutionally partisan toward Democrats urged the panel’s members Friday to fairly, independently and transparently create a model district against partisan gerrymandering. “We want to use our collective wisdom,” said Alexander Williams, a former U.S. District Court judge in Greenbelt. “We want to cut down on any partisan leanings,” Williams added at the nine-member commission’s opening meeting. “It’s not just (about) Maryland. We want to make sure that this is a model that other states can look to and adopt.” (Daily Record)

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Legislation would allow 'ranked choice' voting in Baltimore, a new way of counting ballots

Baltimore could become part of a growing movement that would offer more voters a chance to participate in its Democratic primaries and a new way to determine the winners. The Maryland General Assembly will consider a bill to allow the Baltimore City Council to establish open primary elections, as well as “ranked choice” voting for primary or general elections. Del. Brooke Lierman, a Democrat who represents southeast Baltimore, prefiled the legislation ahead of Wednesday’s start of the 90-day General Assembly session. It would authorize the Baltimore City Council to adopt such voting systems, if a majority of council members want to. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland gerrymandering commission meets as case goes to Supreme Court

A nonpartisan commission created to redraw the boundaries of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District — deemed by federal judges to have been gerrymandered by Democrats to the point of unconstitutionality — met Friday to consider how to redesign a district that stretches from conservative Western Maryland to liberal Montgomery County. But on the same day, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the gerrymander ruling from Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, a Democrat who has argued that the map should not be redrawn. (Wash. Post)

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Cummings, Sarbanes talk election reform at town hall meeting

With a Democratic-led House of Representatives in place, voting rights and other anti-corruption measures are very much on Alan Cohen’s mind. That explains why he trekked down to the War Memorial building at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning to hear what two congressmen from the newly installed majority had to say. “I’ve heard a lot about HR 1, and I’m excited about the whole idea,” said Cohen, a 61-year-old communications and outreach consultant living near Roland Park, of the first House bill introduced in the 116th Congress. (Balt. Sun)

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