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July 2015 Archives

Government fraud costs Maryland taxpayers

According to a federal investigation, 60 government workers lied on time sheets over the last three years. It cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million, and the workers were reportedly gambling or traveling during times when they claimed to have been working. The employees worked at more than a dozen federal agencies, and a woman who worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a time sheet manager plead guilty to fraud in May 2015.

U.S. Supreme Court knocks down a vague criminal law

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a portion of the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984 enacted by the U.S. Congress. In an 8-1 decision, the justices declared the language "unconstitutionally vague." The Supreme Court's action displays a growing national sentiment against tough-on-crime or three-strikes laws that demand mandatory sentences. This latest decision could affect some Maryland residents who are facing federal criminal charges.

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