Posted On: February 28, 2011

Jury Recommends Death Sentence in Killing of Delaware Police Officer

A jury ruled that a 24 year old man should be sentenced to the death penalty for shooting a Delaware police officer, according to The Washington Post. The jury was split, with seven jurors recommending the death penalty, and five recommending he receive life in prison. The judge will make the final decision in May.

The shooting occurred in 2009. The convicted man allegedly shot at an individual identified as a drug dealer, whom he was trying to rob in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot. Two police officers began pursuing a car carrying the man and two others, and one of the officers was shot during the pursuit. During the trial, defense attorneys argued that the man suffers from brain damage in addition to being the victim of constant abuse as a child.

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Posted On: February 23, 2011

Man Arrested Twice for DUI Within Five Hour Period

According to www.MDCoastDisptach.com, Maryland State Police Officers recently arrested a 34 year old Pennsylvania man twice within 5 hours for driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports indicate that the man was initially arrested for DUI at approximately 1:00 a.m. on westbound Route 90 near Berlin, Maryland. He was taken into custody, processed and released. The man was told by officers that he was prohibited from driving his vehicle in the state of Maryland until 1:00 p.m. that day.

At approximately 6 a.m. the man called police in an attempt to locate his vehicle saying that a friend was going to pick it up. Police advised him to go home and come back for the vehicle.

A short time later the man called a different police barrack inquiring about his car. Officers again informed him that he could not drive for at least 12 hours after the time of his arrest and told him to return for the vehicle at a later time.

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Posted On: February 10, 2011

Maryland Concealed Weapons Bill Sparks Debate

A new bill introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates would make concealed carry permits issued by Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Virginia valid in Maryland, according to The Carroll County Times. Currently, under Maryland law, if a private citizen wants to carry a concealed handgun they must have a permit to do so. Permits can only be obtained if a person shows evidence of recent threats, robberies, or assaults with official police documentation.

The delegate who introduced the bill wants to make it possible for Maryland residents to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons. The bill would allow out-of-state residents to carry a gun in Maryland and will give Maryland residents the chance to receive concealed carry permits from the surrounding states. The bill currently remains in the House Judiciary Committee.

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Posted On: February 8, 2011

Baltimore Mayor Wants Additional Gun Control Measures

The mayor of Baltimore announced that she supports new gun control measures, according to WBC Radio.

The mayor supports two bills that were recently introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate. The bill that was introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates gives individuals that are convicted of using a gun to commit a felony a 5-to-15-year prison sentence. The bill introduced in the Maryland Senate imposes an 18-month to 10 year sentence on anyone convicted of owning an illegal firearm. The mayor says that those bills target only criminals and not legal gun owners.

If these bills become law, more people will be serving longer sentences in Maryland prisons for Maryland crimes involving weapons. Maryland gun laws can be complex. Most people who are arrested for breaking gun laws in Maryland are either people who want to own a firearm, but their criminal past makes it illegal, or owners of handguns who didn’t realize they were breaking the law.

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