Faculty in the News - Archive



Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Professor Douglas Colbert

WBAL Radio In a recent newspaper opinion commentary, Doug Colbert, JD, professor, School of Law, argues that in order to fix ongoing problems at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore, prosecutors should be given the power to charge someone with a crime. Currently, police have the power to charge, whereas prosecutors come into the picture after they review the charges initially filed by police. As a result, suspects often are held longer than 24 hours and prosecutors ultimately drop 30 percent of the charges filed. Colbert discussed his newspaper opinion piece as a guest in the studio with morning talk show host Chip Franklin on "The Chip Franklin Show."

Monday, May 9, 2005

Professor Douglas Colbert

The Baltimore Sun In an opinion commentary, Doug Colbert, JD, professor, School of Law, argues that in order to fix ongoing problems at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore, prosecutors should be given the power to charge someone with a crime. Currently, police have the power to charge, whereas prosecutors come into the picture after they review the charges initially filed by police. As a result, suspects often are held longer than 24 hours and prosecutors ultimately drop 30 percent of the charges filed. Colbert also argues that when a suspect appears before a bail commissioner, the hearing should be open. Currently, that proceeding is hidden from public view. [Read More]

Friday, May 6, 2005

Senior Judicial Fellow and Lecturer John Fader

The Washington Post Johnny Kroll, who kidnapped and assaulted a little girl in the Pennsylvania hills 25 years ago, was convicted of those crimes in a Maryland court. Reportedly, many players in the legal system made a monumental mistake, because a Maryland court sentenced him for an assault committed in another state. "I just don't know what to say. When you don't have jurisdiction, you just don't have it," says John Fader II, JD, senior judicial fellow and lecturer, School of Law. Fader is a former judge who retired from the bench last November. A Maryland circuit court judge has vacated Kroll's sentence and dismissed the sex assault charges against him. He has already served the agreed-upon 15 years for the kidnapping. In terms of Maryland law, he has been held illegally for a decade. [Read More]

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Professor Michael Greenberger

WUSA-TV, WTOP Radio More than 3-1/2 years after the 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has failed to adequately prepare first responders and the public for a nuclear strike, according to federal reports and experts on emergency preparedness. Michael Greenberger, JD, director, Center for Health and Homeland Security and professor, School of Law, discussed this development.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Professor Jana Singer

The Baltimore Sun A bill in Florida that would give anyone convicted of molesting a child younger than 12 a minimum 25-year sentence and a lifetime of wearing a global positioning-system tracking device is moving quickly toward law in that state. Columnist Michael Hill of the "Perspective" section examines the issue. "Overall, the vast majority of child sexual abuse is not perpetrated by strangers but by close family members and caretakers. But it does seem to be the case that those perpetrated by strangers get the most publicity and generate the largest responses, particularly legislative," says Jana Singer, JD, professor, School of Law. "If the idea is to try to enact legislation that will do the most good for the most children, this may not be the best place to concentrate the effort." [Read More]

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