Baltimore County Confirms Police Accountability Board Members

On Monday, September 19th, the Baltimore County Council provided near unanimous consent to County Executive Johnny Olszewski's nine nominees to the County's first-ever Police Accountability Board (PAB). As discussed in previous Conduit Street coverage, under the 2021 Police Accountability Act, each Maryland county must create several police oversight bodies, including an administrative charging committee (ACC), PAB, and trial board. PABs review and oversee police misconduct complaints from the public and ACCs receive completed investigatory reports…

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MD Court of Appeals Begins 2022-2023 Session

Underscoring three high-profile cases, the Daily Record published a primer on the Maryland Court of Appeals' 2022-2023 session. The seven-member Court of Appeals is Maryland's highest court and will feature "its first full session with Chief Judge Matthew J. Fader and Judge Angela M. Eaves." Both judges were nominated to the Court in February of this year. According to the Daily Record, Chief Judge Fader "will likely recuse himself from the many appeals the high…

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Montgomery Lawsuit Tests Boundaries of Anton’s Law

On September 5, the Washington Post reported on an ongoing lawsuit between Montgomery County and its police union, potentially undercutting the intent of Anton's Law.  Anton's Law, passed in 2021 as a part of the Maryland General Assembly's sweeping police reform package, removed most police misconduct records as classified personnel records under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA). The Law took effect on October 1, 2021. In Montgomery County, Alexa Renehan requested records relating to…

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Public Information Act Session Helps Counties “Stay Out of the News” at #MACoCon

Harford County Associate Judge, David Carey breaks down the ins and outs of processing a Public Information Act request at #MACoCon. The Academy Core Session: Public Information Act gave MACo Summer Conference attendees another opportunity to earn core credits towards the completion of a certificate from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. Judge Carey prefaced this session by highlighting the increasing importance of getting PIA requests right. "The legislation is getting more and more…

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DLS Analyzes Police Oversight Regs

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services (DLS) has reviewed and refined emergency police oversight regulations drafted by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission (PTSC). DLS codified PTSC's emergency regulations regarding PABs/ACCs and the uniform disciplinary matrix into COMAR 12.04.09 and 12.04.10, respectively. Before the regulations can be finalized and officially published, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive & Legislative Review (AELR), an oversight body established by the Maryland General Assembly, will conduct a review to ensure…

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Frederick Nominates Police Accountability Board Members

On July 1st, Frederick County named eleven residents to serve on its inaugural Police Accountability Board (PAB). 112 people applied to be a part of the Board, and those selected come from diverse backgrounds, including law enforcement, human resources, behavioral health, military, business, and law. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner described the extensive process for appointing members to the county's PAB in a press release: 'We saw an extraordinary level of community interest with this…

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Much-Anticipated Police Accountability Act Regs Published

On Friday, June 24th, the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission published emergency regulations regarding police accountability boards (PABs)/administrative charging committees (ACCs) and the police disciplinary matrix. Given their emergency designation, the regulations will be in effect for 180 days until fully finalized regulations are published. Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, the Commission was charged with developing police disciplinary standards and guidelines. The provisions of COMAR 12.04.09, governing county PABs and ACCs, are…

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Undoing Due Process? What a SCOTUS Reversal of Miranda Might Mean

In Vega v. Tekoh, the United States Supreme Court deliberates over a case that could shape whether law enforcement deliver Miranda rights across the country. A recent opinion piece in The Hill anticipates the Vega holding will remove the constitutional requirement that law enforcement "Mirandize" individuals, meaning inform them of their rights to counsel and not self-incriminate, during a police stop. Background Vega concerns an individual, Terence Tekoh, accused of and charged with sexual assault. Law enforcement…

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Summer #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo's Summer Conference is scheduled for August 17-20, 2022, and will be FULLY IN PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Registration is open, and the full schedule and session details are now available! Register today for MACo’s Summer Conference, themed “Taking Care of Business.” Our society continues to grapple with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. While public health and safety remain the top priority, county government leaders are also exploring…

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