A Maryland man who police were searching for after the shooting of the mother of his child has been arrested about 90 miles north of Silver Spring. The suspect, 31 years old, was taken into custody in Elkton. He now faces a charge of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from having a gun.
Being charged with murder in Greenbelt is extremely serious. Just facing a criminal charge, especially one that is as serious as murder, can put a lot of strain on an individual. He or she may lose a job, housing and family and friends because people are frightened. Even if an individual is cleared of all charges, that mark may still be on him or her, making it very difficult to rebuild a life that was shattered by murder charges.
Nearly everyone in Montgomery County knows who George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin are. Since Martin's death in February, there has been considerable media attention thrust upon Zimmerman, leading to speculation and opinions about whether Zimmerman should be tried for and convicted of murder. Though he was not originally criminally charged, prosecutors ultimately decided to charge him in the death of Martin. Now, Zimmerman has gone on a national television show to explain his side of the story.
Anyone who has been charged with a crime has likely thought about what would happen if they are found guilty. For some, it may just be a fine or a few days in jail. For others, it could be years or the rest of their lives in a Maryland prison. Though it may not always seem like it, there are protections available to everyone who has been found guilty of a crime, primarily the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Earlier in the week, we talked about a suspect who was arrested on a gun charge and an appeals court's decision to allow his confession into evidence. The controversy surrounding the case, however, is that the man's confession to the violent criminal charges came after a first confession in which the suspect was not read his Miranda rights. Until this appeals court decision, confessions following a "deliberate, two-step interrogation" would be thrown out under a United States Supreme Court Case.
A federal appeals court has recently handed down a decision that many may feel undermine the basic rights that anyone suspected of a crime has -- the rights to remain silent and to an attorney. Almost everyone in Bethesda has heard the Miranda warnings on television before. In fact, many people can recite them by heart after having heard them so many times. Even though everyone may know them, the stress of being accused of a crime and under arrest may make many people forget that they don't have to talk to police and can wait until they have an attorney present to say anything.
Imagine hearing about a brutal rape, who comes to mind when you think about who did it? If you are like most people, it seems you thought about a man with a beard. There is now scientific evidence that supports the claim that people in Prince George's County believe that men with beards are more likely to be guilty of some kind of sexual assault than beardless men.
The image of a psychopath strikes fear into the hearts of many people in Rockville. The idea that someone would do whatever he or she wants, regardless of who gets hurt, is indeed frightening, but there is some question as to whether psychopaths can be held totally responsible for their actions. After a recent article documented psychopathic tendencies in children as young as three, it calls into question whether a psychopath's actions can truly be helped.
Even though our state has classified "hazing" as a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both -- you can be certain that hazing rituals still take place at the University of Maryland and other colleges in the Silver Spring area. In the vast majority of cases, no one is seriously injured, no one dies and no one is charged with a violent crime. In the stories that make the news, however, serious injuries and deaths are almost always involved.
Maryland still hast the death penalty and anyone who is convicted of a particularly violent crime could find him- or herself sentenced to death, but what about those people who are put on death row for crimes that aren't quite heinous enough to warrant a death sentence?