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More on Obama Appointees’ Connections to Carlos Vignali

December 8, 2008
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President-elect Barack Obama’s key political appointments continue to hearken back to Pardongate, the 2001 scandal that resulted in a bipartisan Congressional committee investigation of influence peddling in the White House during the waning days of the Clinton administration. On Dec. 2, City Paper reported that Obama’s pick for U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, who...
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Report Calls Obama Appointee Eric Holder’s Role in Commutation Petition “Disturbing”

December 2, 2008
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The only issue even remotely standing in the way of Eric Holder being confirmed as the next U.S. Attorney General seems to be his role in the 2001 pardon of federal fugitive and billionaire Marc Rich, who fled the country after being charged with tax evasion. However, a 2002 Congressional Report titled “Justice Undone:...
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Congressman Requests Baltimore Police Review Election Night Arrests in Charles Village

November 19, 2008
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The Charles Village election night incident that led to the arrests of 15 people has prompted a request from U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings that Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefield III review the matter (see below). Mayor Sheila Dixon’s office, calling the incident “disgraceful,” has indicated that the Baltimore Police Department of Internal Affairs is...
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Correction to Friday’s Post about Phillip Robinson Winkfield

November 10, 2008
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On Friday Nov. 7 we reported in the News Hole that U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein filed a criminal complaint against Phillip Robinson Winkfield, the son of D.C. federal magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, when in fact the U.S. Attorney filed a criminal information against Winkfield. When a criminal information is filed, the defendant has...
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Criminal Information Filed Against Phillip Robinson Winkfield

November 10, 2008
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U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein filed a criminal information* on Nov. 7 charging 21-year-old Morgan State University student Phillip Robinson Winkfield with possession with intent to distribute heroin. Winkfield’s mother is Washington, D.C., federal magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, whose 20-year career behind the bench has brought numerous luminaries before her as defendants, from drug...
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Red Wings Made in China?

October 29, 2008
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Red Wings Made in China?

In our Sept. 17 Best Of Baltimore Issue we named Shane’s Shoes, in Southwest Baltimore, this year’s best shoe store. A good bit of that endorsement was based on the broad line of Red Wing products the store carries, in addition to its Timberlands, Converse, and other men’s shoes and work boots. But a...
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The Companies, Properties, and Legal Disputes of Noel Liverpool Sr.

October 8, 2008
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Editor’s note: Read accompanying article about Noel Liverpool Sr.. Noel Liverpool Sr. entered Morgan State University with the class of 1989. Since the mid-1990s he has engaged in a multitude of business and real estate transactions, and he has been sued more than a dozen times. Companies: All but two of the following Liverpool...
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City Hall Filmmaker Pulls Plug On Web Sites After Business Partner’s Indictment On Drug Trafficking Charges

September 5, 2008
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Los Angeles-based filmmaker LaVern Whitt, producer of the Women in Power documentary about Baltimore’s top elected officials reacted to the recent federal drug trafficking indictment of her business partner Lawrence Schaffner “Lorenzo” Reeves by taking down websites devoted to her various endeavors. Whitt is partnered with Reeves on an educational project called Hollywood in...
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Charm City Motors’ Harrington Campbell Sentenced to 11 years

August 6, 2008
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The former proprietor of Charm City Motors, Harrington Campbell, was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison today for his role in a five-year cocaine trafficking conspiracy and for concealing the assets of his Reisterstown Road used-car dealership through the structuring of bank deposits. As the hearing neared to a close, Campbell apologized to...
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Questions Linger in July 4 AFSCME Union Hall Shooting

August 5, 2008
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The police-involved shooting at the AFSCME union hall on July 5 that left two young men dead still has union boss Glen Middleton refusing to answer a key question: Who rented the hall from AFSCME Local 67 and allowed a party promoter nicknamed “Mike Love” to throw an illicit bash there billed as “Extreme...
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Gift and Take: State Delegate Tries to Explain Entry on Financial Disclosure Form

March 3, 2008
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On Feb. 28, after City Paper published the financial disclosure forms filed to the Maryland State Ethics Commission by members of Baltimore’s General Assembly delegation, Del. Ruth Kirk called to address two items listed on her form. Maryland ethics laws require legislators to disclose all gifts they receive from persons who do business with...
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“Vindication” for Chris Perkins?

February 4, 2008
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The Great Falls Tribune in Helena, Montana reported on Monday that former superintendant of Maryland’s Victor Cullen Academy Chris Perkins is waging a public campaign to clear his name. Perkins abruptly resigned in December amid allegations that he abused children while the director of the Swan Valley Youth Academy, in Condon, Montana, from 2003...
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