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Martial Law Bill In Maryland

 
TheresaEL
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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore city could soon have a serious constitutional problem on its hands if the City Council declares martial law to combat crime in troubled neighborhoods, American Civil Liberties Union officials said.

The proposal drafted by Council Vice President Bob Curran will officially be assigned to his committee Monday tonight.

But legal experts said they doubt the city can impose a law to fight crime that was drafted to restore order because of a riot.


According to the proposal, police will also be instructed to shut down businesses and limit the number of people gathered on sidewalks.

But David Rocah of the ACLU in Baltimore said that unless there is an extraordinary circumstance, such as a riot, Curran's proposal to fight crime is unconstitutional.

"The problem is this new interpretation that is being given to that language to suggest that the mayor will have the power essentially to declare martial law in the absence of something like a riot," Rocah said.

Curran modeled his proposal after a campaign promise made by Michael Nutter, a former Philadelphia city councilman who is running for mayor there.

In Nutter's campaign for mayor, he pledged to impose the law his first day in office to combat crime. But the ACLU contends Nutter and Curran are misinterpreting the law.

ACLU officials said the law was enacted 40 years ago in response to a riot and is intended to be used only in that type of circumstance -- not in response to rising crime.

"The problem of murders in Baltimore is a serious problem. There is no denying that. But that is not a problem -- here or anywhere in the U.S. -- that gives the mayor or the police chief the power to declare martial law," Rocah said.

Curran's measure would initially allow the mayor to establish public safety act zones for two weeks, with the option to renew indefinitely.

The city police have already adopted some of the measures. Officers have barricaded neighborhoods, checked IDs and flooded chosen areas with city services. But Rocah said he found aspects of that police action troubling, too.

"We don't live in South Africa where we have the pass system, where you have to justify your presence on the streets to a police officer," he said.

The bill is being considered in three forms -- as an ordinance, as subject to voter approval or as a non-binding resolution asking the General Assembly to change state law.

<<<<This has been a subject all over the news in Maryland for the past couple of days now. The bill proposes Martial Law for Crime in Baltimore City Maryland. if this passes here it could pass in any state.
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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore city could soon have a serious constitutional problem on its hands if the City Council declares martial law

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there won't be a problems because constitution cease to exist when martial law is declared!
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I'm sorry OP, I *missed* the part in the story where it stated which political party was in charge in Baltimore?????

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How many did'nt expect this?
How do you suppose they're going to start the riot they need fo this?
The Bush family will always be in, one way or another.

My son will be driving back upfrom N.C. tonight or tommorrow, I hope it stays calm!

Pray this does'nt get instituted, you're right, we'll have a domino effect!

Does'nt suprise me that it's starting Maryland. Idol1
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How many did'nt expect this?
How do you suppose they're going to start the riot they need fo this?
The Bush family will always be in, one way or another.

My son will be driving back upfrom N.C. tonight or tommorrow, I hope it stays calm!

Pray this does'nt get instituted, you're right, we'll have a domino effect!

Does'nt suprise me that it's starting Maryland. Idol1
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Now please explain to us ALL how a HEAVILY Democrat state like Maryland is going to help the Bush Administration stay in power???
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Funny how trying to quash a riot actually would start one.
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Now please explain to us ALL how a HEAVILY Democrat state like Maryland is going to help the Bush Administration stay in power???
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DemoCORP, RepubliCORP...there's no difference. George is a bigger socialist than most.
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How many did'nt expect this?
How do you suppose they're going to start the riot they need fo this?
The Bush family will always be in, one way or another.

My son will be driving back upfrom N.C. tonight or tommorrow, I hope it stays calm!

Pray this does'nt get instituted, you're right, we'll have a domino effect!

Does'nt suprise me that it's starting Maryland. Idol1



Now please explain to us ALL how a HEAVILY Democrat state like Maryland is going to help the Bush Administration stay in power???
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 210277

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If they pass this, it will set the precident for the other 49 states to do the same.
If it is'nt adopted by the Federal Gov., soon after.
All it takes is someting like what happenned in Fort Dix or the threat of attack on the USA, and you've got Martial Law in effect.
It could even be riots in different key cities to declare it.
Read the post below yours, you'll get the idea of how they can do it in MD.

Here's the new Presidential Directive that can make it happen:

[link to thebreakingnews.com]

If timed right, or if thecountry goes to war, they can initiate Martial Law, and the President can stay in power while Martial Law is in effect.

Plus, where do you think most of the CIA, FBI and NSA agents live? MD., Wash. D.C., Del. & VA.

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John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions;the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences-Proverbs22:3
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U.S. Supreme Court decision (Case #369 decided June 21, 1943)

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