U.S. Shifts Prosecutions In Baltimore From Politics To Guns


Maryland’s new federal prosecutor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley have agreed on a plan aimed at producing more prosecutions of gun crimes in Baltimore, says the Baltimore Sun. It is an issue that for years had driven a wedge between City Hall and the U.S. Attorney’s office. O’Malley will funnel $200,000 from a grant award to bolster U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein’s plans to pursue more gun prosecutions in Baltimore. The money, from what is left of a $2.1 million Justice Department grant to the city, will pay two assistant prosecutors who will focus for one year on city gun crimes that violate federal firearms laws.

For years, O’Malley and then-U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio publicly feuded over the pace of federal gun cases. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a rare public rebuke last summer of DiBiagio for writing documents that appeared to ascribe a political motive to public corruption cases involving the Baltimore City Council. DiBiagio resigned in December.

Link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.guns04sep04,1,4992240.story

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