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Week in review: 10/28/11

Limit threatens ongoing protest

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that the city intends to enforce Occupy Baltimore’s permit application, which set a limit beginning that day of two persons staying overnight at McKeldin Square, the site of the protest since Oct. 4. Occupy Baltimore invited officials to a meeting Wednesday night, but a city spokeswoman said none would attend.

Landlord immunity struck down

In a victory for lead-poisoning victims Monday, the Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional a statutory provision that immunized landlords of older properties from liability if they met state registration requirements and offered $17,000 payments for the medical expenses of children at risk of lead poisoning.

Prison bus killing case award

A Baltimore City Circuit Court jury found the state and four of five corrections officers were negligent in the death of Philip E. Parker Jr., who was killed in 2005 by a fellow inmate on a prison bus ride from Hagerstown to the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore.

EBDI meeting stopped

A meeting to address construction and communication problems between residents of Baltimore’s Middle East neighborhood and East Baltimore Development Inc. was abruptly halted Tuesday when two top EBDI executives walked out because a reporter showed up. City Council member Warren Branch had invited the press “in a spirit of transparency.”

Port agency controls faulted

The Maryland Port Administration showed “significant deficiencies” in its oversight of more than $60 million in revenue and $15.3 million in payments in fiscal 2010, state watchdogs said in an audit released Monday.

New murder trial ordered

The Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a young man’s felony-murder conviction Tuesday because his confession came only after Prince George’s County police had questioned the 16-year-old for hours and denied more than a dozen of his requests to call his mother.

15-cent gas tax hike backed

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding on Tuesday called for a 15-cent increase to Maryland’s gasoline tax among tax and fee increases proposed to fund the state’s long, and growing, list of highway, transit and other transportation projects.

Murder conviction reinstated

The Court of Appeals sided Tuesday with prosecutors who told a Charles County jury it should convict a man accused of killing someone in Waldorf and dumping the body in Washington because District of Columbia jurors would not return a guilty verdict if the case went before them.

City settles with pilot

The Baltimore Board of Estimates voted Wednesday to pay a $245,000 settlement to resolve Samuel K. Miller’s lawsuit, which alleged he was ostracized and tricked into resigning from the city police department after he wrote a letter about deficiencies and waste in its aviation department.

Ehrlich testifies about Currie

The federal corruption case against state Sen. Ulysses Currie continued this week in Baltimore. Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. testified Wednesday, calling the Democrat “a gentleman” and saying he did not know that Currie worked on behalf of the Shoppers Warehouse supermarket chain.

Lawyer sanctioned again

The Court of Appeals on Wednesday sanctioned but did not disbar Brenda C. Brisbon, an already-suspended Baltimore lawyer, for providing unauthorized legal services to an immigrant during his application and interviewing process for permanent U.S. residency.