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Jul 5, 2023

Md. board awards $2.9M to man pardoned in 1981 double murder

Three of Maryland’s most powerful political figures stood to applaud a onetime death-row prisoner Wednesday as they awarded the man $2.9 million for the more than 30 years he spent wrongfully incarcerated for murder. The exoneree, John Huffington, was recognized by Gov. Wes Moore, who sits on Maryland’s Board of Public Works along with Treasurer […]

Three members of the Women's March group protest in support of access to abortion medication outside the federal courthouse on March 15, 2023, in Amarillo, Texas. (AP Photo/David Erickson)
Jun 7, 2023

Maryland stockpiles abortion drug mifepristone in case of Supreme Court ban

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $1.3 million emergency purchase of mifepristone, a pill commonly used in abortions.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, center, speaks during his first Board of Public Works meeting as governor on Jan. 25, 2023 in Annapolis. Treasurer Dereck Davis, left, and Comptroller Brooke Lierman, right, are the panel's other two members. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
May 17, 2023

BPW grants $800,000 to man wrongfully imprisoned 8 years

A man who served nearly eight years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit is set to receive more than $800,000 as compensation the Maryland Board of Public Works approved.

Mar 1, 2023

State reaches $7M settlement with Baltimore Detention Center beating victim

Maryland will pay $7 million to settle the pending state Supreme Court appeal of a man who was savagely beaten while in state custody.

Feb 15, 2023

State treasurer expresses concerns over costly suits, settlements

Maryland's treasurer called on state agencies to exhibit restraint and avoid costly lawsuits and settlements.

Sep 12, 2022

Board to weigh settlement in Cecil County man’s claims of police beating

A state panel is being asked to approve a settlement for a man who said he was the victim of a brutal beating at the hands of three Maryland State Police troopers.

Feb 16, 2022

Maryland awards $800,000 to man wrongfully convicted in 1982 rape

A Maryland man who served nearly 20 years in prison for a 1982 rape he did not commit was awarded more than $800,000 in additional compensation Wednesday by the state’s Board of Public Works. The  board voted in favor of paying the man, Bernard Webster, who became eligible for the money after state lawmakers passed […]

Jul 7, 2021

BPW Democrats: Retroactive pandemic contracts make mockery of procurement rules

Two members of the state Board of Public Works — both Democrats — expressed growing frustration with state agencies seeking retroactive approval for millions in pandemic-related spending that only now is coming to the panel for approval. The ire bubbled up early in Wednesday’s meeting even as the three-member panel ultimately approved — over Comptroller Peter […]

Mar 4, 2020

Spending panel approves $2.9M each for 3 exonerees

ANNAPOLIS — Three men who were exonerated for the 1983 murder of a teenager in Baltimore will receive nearly $3 million each as compensation for their wrongful incarceration. The payments to Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart, approved by the Board of Public Works, come as the legislature works to create a formula to […]

Mar 2, 2020

Franchot says contract board ruling means MIA lease should be nixed

The owners of the property that lost the contract as a result of the violation contend the ruling voids the lease.

Mar 2, 2020

BPW to vote on millions in compensation for 3 wrongfully convicted men

Three men wrongfully convicted for a 1983 murder will receive $2.9 million each in compensation if the Maryland Board of Public Works votes to approve the payments on Wednesday. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were convicted of murder in 1984 and spent 36 years in prison before being exonerated by Baltimore City State’s Attorney […]

Jan 15, 2020

Exonerees ask Md. for compensation law, jailhouse witness reform

ANNAPOLIS — A group of men who served a combined 250 years in prison for crimes they did not commit asked legislators Wednesday to support bills to standardize post-release compensation for exonerees and increase transparency about the use of jailhouse informants. Ten exonerees and the son of one who died after his release attended an […]

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