Posted On: July 29, 2011

Maryland Department of Health Proposes Ban on Drugs Labeled as "Bath Salts"

Authorities in Maryland are initiating a ban that may start as early as Sept. 1 on the sale of synthetic drugs known as “bath salts”. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), has recently completed a six week study on the drugs and has declared them “dangerous”. He has asked for the immediate addition of the drugs to the state’s Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substances list.

Because the substance is labeled as bath salts, they have been able to skirt federal drug laws. The product is available for purchase online and in stores, however, according to the DHMH, it was only found in 1% of stores in Maryland. Users of the “bath salts” smoke, inject, snort or eat them to get a high with similar effects as cocaine. The drugs have been shown to cause cardiac and circulatory problems, agitation, delirium, paranoia and psychosis. The Maryland State Poison Control Center is aware of 31 cases of “bath salts” poisoning and one death. The Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel and the Governor of Maryland support the proposed ban.

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Posted On: July 21, 2011

Suspect Arrested After Shooting Man and Stealing Car in Baltimore

CBS News reports that a man suspected of a shooting and stealing a car in Baltimore is now in custody after crashing the stolen vehicle. While charges are expected to be filed for one man, a second suspect is still on the loose. The two suspects were in a neighborhood on Liberty Heights Avenue when they allegedly shot a 23-year-old man at least twice and then stole his car. The police report that “one suspect walked up on him, gun in hand and pretty much without warning, shot him.” The young man is now in the hospital and expected to survive.

After the shooting, the two suspects took off in the young man’s car. As the suspects were fleeing from police, the car crashed into two other vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles was thrown from his van and suffered serious injuries. He died later at the hospital. The police were able to arrest one of the suspects, whom they found hiding behind a nearby house. The other suspect may have jumped from the car before it crashed. Police are still looking for him.

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Posted On: July 12, 2011

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty

Nationwide, people have been closely following the Casey Anthony trial. Anthony had been accused of first degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and lying to law enforcement. As we now know, she was found not guilty on the first three charges.

Many people were shocked by the verdict as popular opinion and many media outlets portrayed Anthony as being guilty. In a criminal trial, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, meaning that the accusers must provide adequate evidence to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Posted On: July 8, 2011

Man Convicted of Murder Accuses Baltimore Court of Wrongdoing

In a Baltimore County Circuit Court, a 31-year old man convicted of murder made statements during sentencing implying that he had been treated unfairly by court officials, according to the Baltimore Sun. The man was found guilty of first degree murder of his 23-year-old girlfriend.

During the sentencing hearing, the man accused the judge, prosecutors and detectives of lying, ignoring evidence that would have helped his case and conspiring against him. The man looked at the judge while saying, “You all just wanted to blame me—you all just wanted to set me up.” The man also referred to mistakes and omissions he felt were made by the state in their case against him. “All these stories that I was abusive and that I gave her a black eye—all that’s a lie,” claimed the man. He also criticized the way his lawyer handled the case.

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