On March 31, it was reported that two Maryland men were shot after they allegedly attempted to ram a police cruiser near the National Security Agency headquarters. One man, aged 27, died at the scene of the incident from a gunshot wound. The other individual involved was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering injuries that were not disclosed.
The integrity of a high-profile online drug bust has come into question after corruption charges were filed against two investigators. A pair of former federal agents based in Baltimore has been charged with money laundering and wire fraud based on their involvement in the Silk Road Operation.
Those convicted of serious federal crimes have to deal with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in the sentencing phase of the criminal process. As readers may know, the guidelines offer a uniform sentencing policy based on the offense level and the defendant’s criminal history.
An arrest on suspicion of drug crimes can lead to charges under state or federal law. As readers likely suspect, federal drug charges tend to be more serious. Mandatory minimums and other sentencing guidelines created by Congress can mean serious prison time, even for a first offense.
Readers probably know that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from imposing “cruel and unusual punishment” against those convicted of a crime. Defining whether a punishment is “cruel and unusual” can be difficult. For example, some might argue that solitary confinement is cruel, while others would say that it is acceptable to lock a person in a cell with virtually no human contact for weeks, months or years at a time.
Following an investigation by the FBI in Maryland, eleven people were indicted on suspicion of trafficking foreign prescription drugs and contraband cigarettes through a restaurant and a pharmacy in Pikesville. According to reports, the dealers made more than $6 million, and the pharmacy owner allegedly received approximately $81,000 for himself. The owner of the pharmacy faces a 15-year prison sentence if he is convicted.
In a case that's grabbing the attention of beauty pageant fans in Maryland and across the nation, the accused man in the 'sextortion" case that involves the winner of the Miss Teen USA pageant entered a guilty plea to computer hacking and three counts of extortion. He could face a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison and maximum fines of $1 million for the felony crimes. The 19-year-old from California was freed on bond until sentencing in a federal court.
A Maryland fisherman being investigated for poaching has been accused of witness tampering. Although he has yet to be charged with any federal crimes, the 41-year-old man has been the subject of a continuing grand jury investigation. The Maryland Natural Resources Secretary has called the man's alleged rockfish poaching operation a crime against the citizens of Maryland and their natural resources.
On June 6, 11 individuals were charged with being involved in a Maryland conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs. Among them is a 33-year-old man who has received national attention for his work with Shock Trauma's Violence Prevention Program. If convicted of the drug crime, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment.
The Washington Post's 2008 High School Hockey Coach of the Year is a man from Bethesda who works as a coach in Virginia. He is also the subject of a white collar crimeinvestigation stemming from the theft of credit cards. The coach has been charged with 45 counts of fraud, theft and other related charges stemming from the theft of at least 13 victims' credit cards from a locker room in Arlington.