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Week in review: 4/29/11

Maryland lays Schaefer to rest

William Donald Schaefer, whose public service included nearly three decades as mayor, governor and state comptroller, was remembered Wednesday before an overflow crowd of former aides, dignitaries, politicians and the public at Old Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Baltimore.

Court undoes plea deal

A Prince George’s County man who pleaded guilty to committing murder during a drug robbery is entitled to a new trial because the trial judge did not do enough to ensure that the defendant knew what he was agreeing to, the Court of Appeals held 4-3 on Monday.

Electric rates to fall

Baltimore Gas & Electric officials said Tuesday that the standard rate for electricity for the average residential customer will decrease about 14 percent on June 1 and be in effect for one year.

Absolute privilege extended

The owner of a title company accused in a mortgage fraud scam cannot sue the plaintiffs’ attorneys for defamation, the Court of Appeals has held.

Wells Fargo suit to proceed

Baltimore’s mortgage discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo has survived a motion to dismiss the case when the U.S. District Court accepted the city’s fourth version of the complaint.

City casino bids sought

Maryland officials are seeking a new developer to build a downtown casino, but Baltimore City Entertainment Group said Tuesday that it planned to request an injunction and restraining order to prevent the reopening of bids for the project.

Pregnant witness settles

The Baltimore Board of Estimates is poised to approve a $125,000 settlement in the case of a pregnant woman who was forcibly arrested, jailed and prosecuted after speaking up while police investigated a beating she witnessed outside her home.

Lawsuit filed over gas

Seven Maryland jurisdictions have filed a lawsuit charging that the largest gasoline suppliers and manufacturers have conspired for years to “needlessly and recklessly” keep a known water contaminant, MTBE, in its formulations, posing a threat to their groundwater.

Shared-tip rule’s threat

A U.S. District Court judge’s decision that said federal law forbids owners from participating in the tip pool at their restaurant or bar could put some of them out of business, they fear.