Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meet Our New Reporter: Police Chief Moose // Today's Blotter: MoCo Fights Police Referendum, Ehrlich Aide's Trial & More

Several readers asked if Maryland Juice would ever feature guest writers. We've decided that the customer is always right, so we've brought on a very special reporter to periodically present law enforcement news. Since we live in the Internet era, our new crime and justice correspondent will be reporting to us from the beaches of Hawaii. We decided to introduce him E True Hollywood Stories-style, and find out what he's been up to.

Those of you who were living in the metro region during the terrifying sniper attacks may remember Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose. TIME Magazine named him person of the week on October 10, 2002 and wrote:
Charles A. Moose is in a bit of a bind. As Montgomery County Police Chief, Moose wants desperately to identify the sniper who has terrorized the Washington D.C. suburbs for the past eight days, most recently killing a man at a Virginia service station. But this strong-willed, inveterate leader wants to do it his way.... For his role as the unofficial spokesman for the sniper investigation, Charles Moose is our person of the week....
You may recall that during the sniper investigation Chief Moose found himself at the center of sudden international fame and global news coverage. The U.K.'s BBC News had this article about him as the sniper investigation concluded:
In October, the character of Chief Charles Moose, the Montgomery police chief who led the investigation into the Washington DC area sniper killings, will appear in a film dramatising the attacks which terrorised the area in 2002. The killings transformed Mr Moose from an obscure local police chief into an international name. He is reported to have been paid $170,000 to write his new book - Three Weeks in October - but his fame has not come without controversy....

The enduring impression however, it was widely agreed, was of an officer who appeared committed and persistent in the face of the ongoing attacks. Nonetheless, his decision to write a book about his experiences has sparked a heated debate.

Earlier in 2003, the Montgomery County ethics commission ruled Mr Moose could not write a book about the case and remain its police chief. A public employee should not use the prestige of office for private gain, the board ruled As a result, he decided to leave his job, although not before filing lawsuits to try to overturn the decision....
We turned to Wikipedia to discover Chief Moose's whereabouts. His last known location was Honolulu, Hawaii in 2010:
Moose later graduated from the Honolulu Police Academy and reported for duty as one of the members of the Honolulu Police Department. On Aug. 4, 2010 The Gazette reported that Moose is no longer employed at the department.
It turns out Chief Moose is still in Hawaii and has some idle time, so he's agreed to highlight some interesting Maryland-related law enforcement news for Maryland Juice readers. Here's his first installment:

Law Enforcement Juice #1: The Washington Post reports that Montgomery County has hired an attorney to challenge police union efforts to put "effects bargaining" rights on the 2012 ballot. Maryland Juice previously reported on the Fraternal Order of Police's success in certifying enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.

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Law Enforcement Juice #2: The Baltimore Sun reports that a jury trial will soon begin for a former aide to GOP Governor Bob Ehrlich, who is accused of using robocalls to suppress African American votes:

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Law Enforcement Juice #3: Last week, Maryland Juice reported on the bizarre altercation between Baltimore Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway Sr. and B'more city blogger Adam Meister. The Baltimore Sun reported on the latest in the case, including the appointment of an outside prosecutor and accusations of a religious nature:

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Law Enforcement Juice #4: Politics 365 reported on a recent police raid by SWAT and Prince George's County law enforcement on the home of prominent civil rights attorney Barbara Arnwine. Maryland Juice remembers Ms. Arnwine from previous electoral reform coalition work, so this is a strange story indeed. I hope the Prince George's police have a good explanation, because right now it looks like they may have busted into the wrong house:

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P.S. Sorry to make you put up with this bizarre cartoon post today, but I was a little bored and wanted to try something different. Chief Moose may re-appear another day, but if you hate him, let me know in the comments. Also: Dear Real Chief Moose, please don't sue me (this is obviously satire). But you're welcome to actually write a crime blotter anytime you want.

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