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Friday, January 20, 2006

News Briefs (Friday)

(Posted 20 Jan 2006)
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  • Civil Jury Awards $3.7 Million in Jones Case
    • Post, 20 Jan 2006 (by Ruben Castaneda, Washington Post Staff Writer).
    • Post, 19 Jan 2006 (by Ruben Castaneda, Washington Post Staff Writer).
    A civil jury today found a Prince George's County undercover narcotics police corporal responsible for the wrongful death of an unarmed college student the officer fatally shot more than five years ago. The jury awarded $3.7 million in damages to the young daughter and parents of the shooting victim.
    [. . .]
    The jury found that Carlton Jones was negligent and used excessive force. The jury rejected a claim that the officer was liable for battery of Prince Jones. The jury also found that Prince Jones contributed to his death by his actions during the fatal encounter.
    [. . .]
    The jury award is one of the highest for a police misconduct lawsuit in county history. Carlton Jones declined to comment, saying he'd been ordered by the police department to say nothing about the matter.
  • Jury Awards Millions In Case Of Student Shot By PG Police
  • PG Jury Awards Millions In Howard University Student Death
  • Jury Awards Police Shooting Victim's Family Millions
  • Family of man slain by officer is awarded $3.7 million
  • Jury Awards $3.7M in Prince George's Police Shooting
  • Jury awards $3.7 million in Pr. George's wrongful death suit; Officer who shot student wasn't punished
Prince George's Hospital Center
  • Dimensions: Shutdown looms for Prince George’s hospital
  • . . . In a Dec. 28 letter, Ecker told County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) that Dimensions’ economic situation is dire and that the company is developing a contingency plan to close the entire system this spring.
    [. . .]
    Johnson is ‘‘well aware” of the letter and Dimensions’ request, said John E. Erzen, a Johnson spokesman. On Jan. 11 — opening day of the Maryland General Assembly — Johnson met with Prince George’s County Councilman Samuel H. Dean (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville and Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Dist. 25) of Forestville to ‘‘discuss the issue,” Erzen said.
    [. . .]
    Efforts to secure state funding for the troubled hospital system are under way, said County Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel.

    Currie, who served on Dimensions’ Oversight Committee two years ago, met with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) last week to discuss the operator’s fate. Ehrlich is willing to step in and help save Dimensions, Currie said.
    [. . .]
    Through it all, Currie believes the hospitals will remain open.

    ‘‘We’re working with the county executive, the county council and the governor to prevent this [closing] from happening,” Currie said.
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Maryland State Senator Gianetti Outstayed Welcome in a Single Term, Should be Sent Home
    • usnewswire.com, 19 Jan 2006 (by Peter Hamm, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence).
    • [Comment: An attack on Sen. Giannetti because he has voted in accordance with his oath of office and has not caved in to special interests opposing the Bill of Rights. While I don't support Sen. Giannetti, this kind of distorted vicious attack by the Brady campaign is unwarranted.]
  • Bills Target Brutal Video Games; Delegates Propose Labeling, Restrictions on Sales to Minors
    • Post, 19 Jan 2006 (by Ray Rivera, Washington Post Staff Writer).
    . . . Del. Justin D. Ross (D-Prince George's), sponsor of last year's bill, has introduced a modified version and says he has more hope for it this session.

    His optimism is based in part on the successful passage of similar measures by other state legislatures. California, Michigan, Illinois and Washington state all passed laws last year regulating what types of games may be sold or rented to minors.

    However, courts later overturned or blocked those measures in response to industry lawsuits.
    [. . .]
    Ross said that he is willing to take his chance on a court challenge in Maryland, even though the California law was blocked by a federal judge.
    [. . .]
    • [Comment: In other words, Del. Ross is gambling on whether or not what he is proposing violates his oath of office.]
  • Lawmakers reintroduce pollution bill; With 97 co-sponsors, Healthy Air Act aims to reduce 4 contaminants from power plants
  • . . . The chief sponsors of the Healthy Air Act, Sen. Paul G. Pinsky and Del. James W. Hubbard , both Democrats from Prince George's County, held a news conference in Annapolis yesterday with several environmental and health groups to promote the legislation.
    [. . .]
    Pinsky and Hubbard said their bill would require the state's seven largest coal-fired power plants to cut sulfur dioxide pollution 83 percent by 2010, mercury 90 percent by 2010, nitrogen oxide 80 percent by 2015 and carbon dioxide 10 percent by 2018. . . .
  • Money talks, especially in 2006; Md. candidates bolster campaign war chests
    • Examiner, 20 Jan 2006 (by Jonathan Marino, Examiner Staff Writer).
    • Prince George's County
      • Jack Johnson: $977,000
      • Rushern Baker: $76,000.

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