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Baltimore mayor’s curfew authority challenged in court case

Public defenders are challenging the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s authority to impose a citywide curfew after last month’s riots stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

In a filing Monday in Maryland District Court, the deputy city public defender says the mayor overstepped her authority in ordering a citywide, 10 p.m. curfew for all residents April 27.

Natalie Finegar says only the governor could have ordered a curfew when he declared a state of emergency that day.

The curfew was in effect for five days. Finegar says dozens were charged with violating it.

The Baltimore Sun reports that city prosecutors are dropping the charge in cases where a curfew violation was the only offense.

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