Tag Archives: U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar

Federal judges feel impact of vacancy, departures from Baltimore bench

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Maryland, sits in his chambers in Baltimore. (The Daily Record / Heather Cobun)

Retirements, an unfilled vacancy, and a persistent flow of complex civil and criminal litigation have combined to strain the resources of Baltimore’s federal bench in recent years. Though case filings are not up dramatically, there aren’t as many judges available ...

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Judge: Finding right police commissioner ‘critical’ to Baltimore consent decree

‘It’s wrong to conflate police reform and the crime control problem but it’s also a mistake to discount how much the focus on crime control and the quick fixes that are being proposed threaten to upset efforts to change how policing is done in Baltimore,’ says David Jaros, a criminal law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

The federal judge overseeing the government-ordered police reform in Baltimore expressed serious concerns about the future of the city's efforts without a new police commissioner capable of leading the department through the process.

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