President Obama recently announced his much-anticipated 10-part policy initiative via executive order that covers immigration reform across a broad spectrum of issues, the most controversial of which is the immigration policy reform regarding undocumented immigrants in the United States. This part of the plan could potentially suspend deportation for millions of aliens under what is called "deferred action." which gives aliens facing deportation a reprieve. Deferred action allows the government to exercise prosecutorial discretion and allows the government to make a formal determination not to pursue removal of an unqualified or unlawfully present individual for a specific period of time. Aliens granted deferred action receive work authorization, social security numbers, and government issued IDs.
Maryland readers may be interested in a story about a 77-year-old Delaware man that received multiple charges after allegedly impersonating a police officer and pointing a gun at someone. According to the complainant, the accused man misrepresented himself as a police officer in order to get the complainant to drive to his home near Chestertown. Among his various charges are attempted first-degree murder, impersonating a police officer and first-degree assault.
A woman has been sentenced to life in prison by a Maryland court after being convicted of the murder of her husband on Nov. 4. Prosecutors say that the woman hired another man to kill her husband at his Towson gas station. The murder was crafted, they say, to look like a robbery attempt. At her trial, the woman testified that her deceased husband verbally, mentally and physically abused her for years. Her attorney put forth the argument that the she planned her husband's murder in self-defense.
On Oct. 9, Maryland police took into custody a man they said was responsible for a spree of 17 armed robberies throughout Baltimore and Hartford counties. The 54-year-old had made banks, post offices and grocery stores his targets and had recently shot at a witness who tried to follow him after a robbery, according to officials. Authorities said that the man would enter the building with a shotgun or revolver, threaten the employees and take the money before fleeing.
A man was taken into custody recently by Anne Arundel County police and charged with armed robbery of a Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was allegedly hiding behind a tree close to the proximity of the restaurant when the officers found and apprehended him.
Police took a man suspected of robbing a Maryland convenience store into custody. According to the police, the man robbed a Royal Farms store in Salisbury. According to a clerk on duty at the store, a man entered the business, showed the clerk a firearm and demanded money. The man left the store with an unspecified amount of cash. No one was injured. The robbery occurred around 9:30 on a Sunday evening.
Using an ad placed on Craigslist for an iPhone 5, a 17-year-old Ferndale resident allegedly lured people to George Cromwell Elementary School, where it is claimed that he robbed his victims at gunpoint, Anne Arundel police say. Police records show he has been charged with a number of offenses after police detectives posed as a prospective buyer and took the teen into custody on the evening of Aug. 5.
Maryland is one of many states that has decided to ban employers from asking prospective employees questions about their criminal history on job applications. Before, many employers may have simply dismissed someone who had been convicted of a felony, even if their qualifications were enough to be considered. Advocates hope the new laws will help the ex-felons get a second chance.
Two men were charged on July 15 for robbing a Maryland brothel in 2007. The robbery allegedly led to a rape and a murder. Authorities didn't say whether they would also face homicide or sexual assault charges related to those crimes. A grand jury indicted the two men with conspiracy and robbery. Both men face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges. One of the men, a 23-year-old, had previously been indicted on the same charges. The other man, a 25-year-old, was indicted for the first time on July 15.
A Maryland man who had been convicted for killing an off-duty police officer 35 years ago will learn the results of his retrial next week. The homicide occurred after the officer pursued him after witnessing an alleged armed robbery.