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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of federal officer

A 23-year-old man recently pleaded guilty in a federal case concerning a standoff between him and police that happened in Cambridge, Maryland, during February 2012. He was originally charged in Dorchester County Circuit Court, and his criminal charges including reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime, second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, first- and second-degree assault, and first- and second-degree attempted murder. Before he could face these charges, though, his case was moved to federal court. There he would eventually plead guilty to using a gun during an attempted murder and attempted murder of a federal officer, which occurred recently.

Safeguards present in Maryland DNA swab law

Despite a Supreme Court ruling regarding the DNA swab law in Maryland, other states are attempting to challenge similar laws. According to reports, California is one such state. In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of a Maryland law that allows police to swab the inside of someone's cheek for DNA that will be submitted to a database containing information for unsolved crimes. No warrant is needed for this, thanks to the state law, if the crime is considered serious, which usually means that the act included some sort of violence. The Supreme Court ruling was not unanimous; in fact, it was a 5-4 decision. According to the majority opinion, DNA sampling is similar to fingerprinting.

Two individuals plead guilty in alleged jail smuggling

A 31-year-old correctional officer working for the Baltimore City Detention Center recently pleaded guilty to federal crimes. According to reports, the woman was accused of drug possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute, conspiracy to launder money and a federal racketeering conspiracy charge. She pleaded guilty to the last charge, having her other charges dropped in the process.

Maryland men implicated in supposed crime ring

Four Maryland residents were indicted by a grand jury in federal court concerning claimed conspiring to commit bank robbery, transportation of stolen goods across state lines and illegal possession of firearms.  It is asserted that this was all a part of a 16-person ring involved in various robberies and the trafficking of prescription drugs, cocaine and heroin.  

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