Former Md. State Del. Will Campos sentenced in bribery scheme

A former Maryland state delegate and ex-Prince George’s County Council member was sentenced to four and a half years in prison Wednesday in a bribery case prosecutors said involved “the use of taxpayer money as if it were a literal slush fund.” William A. Campos, 43, of Hyattsville, pleaded guilty in January 2017 to accepting roughly $50,000 in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official favors and help obtaining government money. Most of the bribery and conspiracy scheme involved Campos’s misusing more than $300,000 in county money, including grants intended to help nonprofit organizations, federal prosecutors said. Campos accepted personal payments between 2007 and 2014 from those who wanted access to the funds. (Wash. Post)

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Bates calls out Vignarajah over 2015 video

Videos shot in 2015 by an organization called Project Veritas, shows an undercover member of their team meeting with and talking to then Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah. The woman in the video mentions feeling uncomfortable several times. Ivan Bates is one of the candidates running against Vignarajah for Baltimore City State's Attorney, here’s what he said about it. “The video totally shows a lack of judgment because Project Veritas was there to get whomever,” Bates said. (WMAR)

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Md. high court adopts “mailbox rule” for prison inmates

Recognizing that inmates often lack email access, Maryland’s top court has ruled a prisoner’s petition for post-conviction relief is deemed filed for deadline-meeting purposes when submitted to the prison mailroom – not when the papers are received by the circuit court clerk. (Daily Record)

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May 16 // Maryland becomes 11th state to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth as Gov. Hogan signs bill

Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Tuesday making Maryland the 11th state to ban the practice of “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth. He then turned and gave one of the ceremonial bill-signing pens to Del. Meagan Simonaire. Simonaire, an Anne Arundel County Republican, came out as bisexual during a speech on the House floor last month as she urged her colleagues to vote for the legislation. She had started her story as if she were talking about a constituent whose parents did not accept her sexuality. But she ended it by revealing she was talking about herself and her father, Sen. Bryan Simonaire — who had argued against banning conversion therapy in the Senate. (Balt. Sun)

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A scrum of Democrats vies for voter attention in quest to oust Gov. Hogan

The gaggle of Democrats seeking to topple Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) occupied every inch of a Baltimore stage on a recent Tuesday, a shoulder-to-shoulder phalanx that included one woman in a red jacket and a blur of men in blue suits, one of them inexplicably wearing sunglasses. A full 20 minutes passed before the candidates finished introducing themselves to the audience, which included Nancy Steichen, a social worker who sat in the back and took notes as she tried to master who was who. “Don’t even ask me their names,” Steichen said. “In one ear and out the other.” (Wash. Post)

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Gov. Hogan signs bill to launch investigation into Baltimore police corruption

As Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa resigned Tuesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law that will launch a new investigation into whether senior officials in the agency knew of recent corruption scandals before they went public. The new law establishes a commission with subpoena power to probe potential misconduct in the Baltimore Police Department that may have been connected to convictions of eight members of the Gun Trace Task Force on federal corruption charges. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor Pugh seeks broad ethics exemption to raise private money to fund Baltimore programs

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh is seeking a sweeping exemption from city ethics rules to allow her to personally raise private money to fund various community programs and events through City Hall’s charitable arm. It’s a tactic Pugh has turned to frequently throughout her tenure, including the time she helped find funds to bus hundreds of young anti-gun protesters to Washington in March. But it’s a strategy that ethics observers say can prove problematic and several cautioned Pugh against seeking the exemption. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Hogan signs bill requiring insurers to pay for preserving eggs and sperm of cancer patients

Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation Tuesday that would require insurers to pay to freeze the eggs and sperm of people with cancer who undergo treatments that could hurt their chances of one day having children. Cancer treatments can harm fertility. Chemotherapy and radiation can damage reproductive organs and cells, as well as the glands that produce key hormones. Women, for instance, may no longer produce eggs after radiation to the pelvis The treatment for some cancers also requires the removal of the reproductive organs. A woman may need a hysterectomy, or a man may have his testicles removed and no longer be able to produce sperm. (Balt. Sun)

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