Faculty in the News - Archive
Monday, July 23, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyWBFF-TV, Ch. 45
- Former state Sen. Thomas Bromwell pleaded guilty today to federal racketeering and tax crimes in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, bringing a close to one of Maryland’s largest corruption investigations in recent years. Under the plea deal, Bromwell could receive a sentence of between 6 1/2 and eight years. "A plea bargain between the defendant and the prosecutor is not binding on the judge so no one knows what the sentence is going to be until the day of sentencing," said Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law.
Friday, July 20, 2007Professor Barbara BezdekThe Baltimore Sun
– A housing developer is among five plaintiffs suing Queen Anne’s County Commissioners in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, contending that delays to halt the project, specifically the affordable housing, amounts to a "pattern of discrimination against minorities" that violates federal housing rules. Legal experts said they were unaware of similar legal action brought elsewhere against a municipality in Maryland and said the plaintiffs’ argument is an unusual twist on how federal housing rules are enforced. "I think it’s a fairly novel idea, and it’s about time," said Barbara Bezdek, JD, LLM, a professor at the School of Law who has raised such a theory in class.
Friday, July 20, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerChristian Science Monitor
– To cope with a reconstituted threat, homeland security and intelligence officials are working to ensure an experienced set of civil servants are at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security’s 30 agencies as well as in U.S. intelligence agencies on Jan. 20, 2009. "Whoever is elected president in 2008, whether it’s a Republican or a Democrat, will have to ensure that they’re in close coordination with the existing administration on counter%ACterrorism," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security.
Thursday, July 19, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWTOP-FM, The Baltimore Sun
– Baltimore and Maryland will receive a total of more than $32 million in U.S. homeland security grants, the federal government announced yesterday. The amount represents a major increase over last year but falls short of the nearly $40 million in 2005. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, said the funding levels for Maryland and Baltimore were proportional to the level of risk they face from terrorism and natural disasters. He said the Homeland Security Department appeared to rectify last year’s "fiasco," when it cut funding for New York and Washington, D.C., while boosting money for Louisville, Ky., and Omaha, Neb.
Thursday, July 19, 2007Professor Mark GraberThe Daily Record
– After 35 years at his post, Judge H. Emory Widener Jr. has stepped down as an active member of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The move creates a fifth vacancy on the 15-member bench. Legal experts say cases in the Fourth Circuit that now take about three to four months for an opinion, could take six months to a year until more seats are filled. However, pointed out Mark Graber, JD, PhD, professor at the School of Law, that would put the court’s performance at the rate of most other circuit courts around the country. "The crisis of staffing in the Fourth Circuit is not stunning when put in perspective," he said. "It’s a big crisis in our household, but life goes on even when appellate courts can’t put out as many decisions."
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