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Federal agents: Baltimore cop stole while on task force sting

A police officer, who served on the Baltimore police force for a dozen years, was arrested while taking part in a fake FBI sting set up in a Maryland hotel room. The arrest culminated a seven-month investigation into complaints about the veteran's behavior, conducted by an internal affairs detective who also worked for an FBI corruption task force.

Fighting theft charges in the Prince Georges County area

Theft, burglary or larceny charges can involve comparatively minor shoplifting incidents to big business corporate stealing or trafficking stolen goods. It is probably safe to say most people charged with theft in the Clinton or Dunkirk area of Maryland fall somewhere in between the two extremes previously mentioned. However, any charge of theft or burglary is still a serious incident and could pose real threats to a person's future if not dealt with.

Federal officials turn animal cruelty charges into Group A felony

Starting in January 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigations will begin to track statistics on animal cruelty crimes from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The hope is that such statistics will help identify children who commit animal cruelty crimes and provide help to prevent crimes against humans as an adult.

Facing criminal charges in Maryland? Know the law

When Maryland became the sixth U.S. state in six years to abolish the death penalty, it was a landmark event reflecting a gradual trend across the nation to end capital punishment. For those individuals charged with serious crimes, this trend literally underscored the difference between life and death.

Ex-offender program approved of by Attorney General Holder

Maryland residents may be interested to note that Attorney General Eric Holder, the top law enforcement officer in the government, has taken a special interest in the lives of ex-offenders this week. In August, Holder launched a new program called "Smart on Crime," meant to ease the long-term consequences of those convicted of crimes. A decrease of long prison sentences for some drug crimes and a program to allow for the release of elderly prisoners are among the aims of the program.

Police charge 5 people after alleged armed robbery, death

Five people from Maryland are defendants in a case of murder that reportedly had to do with marijuana. According to the authorities, the accused individuals entered the home - supposedly with firearms in tow - of a 19-year-old man that one of them had recently made a drug deal with in North East, Maryland. It was then that the 19-year-old and three guests in his home were told to lie down on the floor. Witnesses said that one of the intruders then told the 19-year-old to hand something over, but he responded that he didn't have anything. This is when he was supposedly hit with a gun.

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.

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