10 October 2012

Morning Edition - News & Comment

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Cop Who Concealed Murder Weapon Will Not Be Criminally Charged

The twisted tale of what happened in the aftermath of the tragic "accidental shooting" of Monae Turnage has just turned into a strange trip. A trip to the increasingly bizarre world that is the Baltimore justice system. Despite the weapon used to kill the 13 year-old, being found hidden in the trunk of Baltimore Police Officer John Ward's car, we now know the State's Attorney punked out on charging him.

Apparently State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein was so fearful of looking woefully incompetent, that he kept the decision a secret for two months until Justin Fenton forced his hand. Next time he could at least tell the family of the victim the case was closed.

Where's Police Commissioner Batts?

Has anyone really seen the guy perform as commissioner yet? It would be nice to hear a bit more from him.

Considering his reputation for being frequently M.I.A. at his last job, I'm starting to wonder if his time here is NFL (not for long). "I have recognized that the conditions under which I was hired as chief have changed and do not allow me to fulfill the primary mission to provide an environment where one can live, work, play and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime," Batts said in his letter to Oakland residents.

Has there been an open press conference where he's taken questions from reporters? Between the latest news on the Monae Turnage case, the Anthony Anderson murder-by-cop catastrophe, and all the other mayhem and shenanigans he must be discovering within the Baltimore Police Department, could the Battsman possibly be already having second thoughts?

O'Malley's Future?

Martin O'Malley wants to be President Of The United States
On this day in history in 1973, Vice President of the United States and former Maryland Governor Spiro T. Agnew resigned. A whole litany of crimes committed while governor, including extortion and bribery had finally caught up to him. We could only hope his example serves as a stark reminder for upwardly mobile, crooked and corrupt Maryland politicians, that sooner or later your sins catch up to you. Sometimes when it does, the embarrassment is on a far grander scale than the local media that worked tirelessly to protect and promote them.

A Special Message From The Editor

Welcome to the brand new Baltimore Spectator! For those of you who've been following my new media journey, you can clearly see a change has been taking place.

From hard hitting editorials, to controversial videos and stories of interest from around the world, a small metamorphosis is happening before you. Over the past few weeks, the Baltimore Spectator website has been slowly rising from the smoldering ashes. This was once a great source of exclusive news, information and commentary and like the mythical phoenix, its reemergence comes at a time when most have long written it off for dead... (Read More)



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