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Snitches cause glitches

October 15, 2013
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Snitches cause glitches

A lawyer for Jose Morales (pictured), convicted last week of a 2008 murder-for-hire conspiracy that killed Robert Long, a witness against him in a series of theft cases, has filed a motion asking for a new trial, claiming a key witness’s threats against witnesses in his own drug trial should have been divulged by prosecutors....
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More details coming in Long murder case

September 17, 2013
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More details coming in Long murder case

Federal prosecutors plan to tell a more complete (and truer) story than the state did about the 2008 murder of Robert Long, according to a motion filed in the capital murder case against Jose J. Morales. In a nine-page document titled “Intrinsic Act Evidence to be Used Against Defendant” prosecutors say they plan to...
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Another 262 months for Jose Morales

August 1, 2013
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Another 262 months for Jose Morales

Federal district judge Roger Titus sentenced Jose J. Morales to an additional 262 months behind bars today for trying to smuggle heroin into federal prison while attempting to keep an outside-the-walls pot ring running. The sentence is to run consecutive to the 262 months he received in 2010 on another drug case. “Judge Titus...
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Disbarred lawyer implicated in drug ring, Dead Man, Inc. murder-for-hire

July 23, 2013
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Disbarred lawyer implicated in drug ring, Dead Man, Inc. murder-for-hire

A document filed last week in a federal murder case implicates disbarred defense attorney Stanley Needleman (pictured, left) in a gang-related murder-for-hire scheme, while another document raises questions about how Baltimore City police and prosecutors handled the case. The case involves the murder of Robert Long, a long-time aid to contractor, arsonist, and drug...
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Mosby States Attorney Campaign to Rally in . . . Boston?

July 12, 2013
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Mosby States Attorney Campaign to Rally in . . . Boston?

We’re in for a surreal campaign for States Attorney. On the heels of missives blasting State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein’s lack of leadership (she called him “a man who would not leave the cozy confines of his $11M office”) in the current murder spike, former Assistant SA Marilyn Mosby (who is married to 7th District...
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Police Seek Help in Murder Investigation

January 10, 2012
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Police Seek Help in Murder Investigation

Baltimore police made a rare appeal yesterday for the media’s help in a murder investigation, and offered a $2,000 reward for tips called into the department’s hotline. The murder of Mary Hines, an 84-year-old retired school principal, has saddened and outraged the community. Hines was found dead on the morning of Jan. 5 after...
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Man Indicted for Murdering Federal Witness Kareem Kelly Guest

December 3, 2010
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Man Indicted for Murdering Federal Witness Kareem Kelly Guest

Antonio “Mack” Hall, a 30-year-old Baltimorean, was indicted Dec. 2 by a federal grand jury for murdering a federal witness, Kareem Kelly Guest, in Westport in 2009, according to a press release issued today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland. Guest’s cooperation with a law enforcers’ investigation of a violent drug conspiracy in...
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Murder Ink Updates

January 6, 2010
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The murder of Roger Dennis, a 25-year-old African-American man, has been closed by exception. Dennis was shot in the 1900 block of West North Avenue in 1997. He died on Aug. 1, 2008. The man police believe was responsible for Dennis’ death has died. The March 6, 2009 murder of Herbert Carsten Jr, a...
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“I’m going to make it very hard on the police around here.”

August 26, 2009
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Props to the Sun’s Justin Fenton for keeping his ear to the ground regarding the Blackwell clan’s ongoing drama. As he reports today, police arrested Stephen “JR” Blackwell, Jr. and charged him with disorderly conduct on Monday night. This is what the old heads used to call a “humble.” You don’t usually see these...
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What’s That Floating in the Water?

February 12, 2009
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On Tuesday, The Sun reported that Baltimore police were investigating the suspicious death of a man found floating in the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River early Monday morning, near the Hanover Street Bridge. The follow-up came in today’s paper, when the Sun identified the man as Eric Pendergrass, 26 years old, of the...
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The Wire: Enough Already

January 28, 2008
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The Wire: Enough Already

| Image by John Ellsberry OK, OK, we get it. David Simon‘s portrayal of daily newspaper journalism is only imperfectly accurate, informed by a backstory that includes Baltimore’s economic hardships, while some people feel he’s just an asshole and a liar. And viewership continues to sink. Got it. The Wire‘s fifth season has issues...
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