I say EXTREME BIAS----same as PREJUDICE.
this comes in after we know we're going to federal court, and this talks about which specific court we go to. P may lay venue in any district where 1) all Ds reside or 2) a substantial part of the claim arose (special rule: if Ds live in different districts but same state then P can pick between either of the districts)
Transfer of Venue
a federal district court may transfer the case to another federal district court. But it can only transfer to a district where the case could have been filed (meaning the venue has PJ over defendant). Exception: can transfer to any district if all parties consent and court finds cause, i.e. 1) original venue proper: based on convenience and justice and other court is better, 2) original venue improper: may transfer based on justice or dismiss------apply the law of the transferor court unless it was an improper venue
this is not used to get a case into federal court, but works only after a case is already in fed. Court - this is to see if an additional claim that doesn't meet SMJ or FQ supplemental jurisdiction might still get it in. Two steps: 1) the test- the claim must share a common nucleus of operative fact with the claim that got in. (if same transaction or occurence T/O then it always meets the test); 2) the limitation - but in a diversity case the P cannot use supplemental jurisdiction to overcome a lack of diversity
Here we see MARYLAND setting PRECEDENCE over seeking legal actions against ONLINE DARK WEB PORN-----
Extradited: Irish-American man allegedly spread child porn
- 8:46 am
- March 26, 2019
The Baltimore Sun reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office says 33-year-old dual citizen Eric Eoin Marques has a Wednesday hearing in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland on charges of conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography.
Prosecutors say Marques hosted an anonymous hosting service on the darknet that spread the porn for five years. He was arrested in 2013 after a malware attack revealed his identity.
The darknet is a part of the internet hosted within an encrypted network such as the Tor browser, which grants anonymity by rerouting user traffic.
The newspaper says he was extradited Saturday and court records didn’t list an attorney for him.
When you live in a region of US where NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG illegal surveillance and pornography is IGNORED by all pathways of bringing justice, look to take private/class action lawsuit to different VENUE/COURT JURIDICTION. So, my case is both criminal and civil---it will involve US Federal RICO RACKEETERING laws as well as HUMAN RIGHTS laws tied to INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.
(legal term)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the legal term used in criminal, civil and common law. For the type of decision within European Union law, see Prejudicial question.Prejudice is a legal term with different meanings when used in criminal, civil or common law. Often the use of prejudice in legal context differs from the more common use of the word and thus has specific technical meanings implied by its use.
Two of the more common applications of the word are as part of the terms "with prejudice" and "without prejudice". In general, an action taken with prejudice is essentially final; in particular, "dismissal with prejudice" would forbid a party from refiling the case, and might occur either because of misconduct on the part of the party who filed the claim or criminal complaint or could be the result of an out of court agreement or settlement. Dismissal without prejudice (in Latin, "salvis iuribus") would leave the party an option to refile, and is often a response to procedural or technical problems with the filing that the party could correct when filing again.
There is also the question of STATUTES OF LIMITATION. Each state has laws----the Federal government has laws----the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS have laws regarding how long one has to seek justice---this case being SEXUAL ASSAULT----
The difference as I state between one incident of RAPE----one-time crime---and NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG continuous streaming of illegal surveillance PORNOGRAPHY with NO CONSENT from victim is this:
First, it is a FEDERAL CRIME as downloading and sending these streaming PORN VIDEOS is RACKEETING through WIRE/CABLE CRIMES. As I see below MARYLAND has no STATUTE OF LIMITATION on FEDERAL SEXUAL OFFENSES. Most US states have NO LIMITATIONS for FELONY SEXUAL OFFENSES. This is not a ONE TIME misdomeanor sexual offense.
Second, the STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS are tied to how long a victim of sexual assault has ONCE THEY KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED to file complaints. In cases with NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG where illegal unconsented surveillance made into PORNOGRAPHY can have occurred over a few years BEFORE victims knows they have been compromised. So, these statutes start once victim knows and takes legal steps.
On a separate issue of SEXUAL ASSAULT----I am posting examples of CATHOLIC CHILD PREDATOR PRIESTS et al where victims of PRIESTS were not allowed to seek justice because of CATHOLIC JURISDICTION being OLD WORLD KINGS AND QUEENS VATICAN.
When articles say these catholic sexual assaults have exceeded STATUTES OF LIMITATION -----look to move court venue/jurisdiction becausse CATHOLIC CHURCH is FOREIGN ENTITY----with international JURISDICTION.
THINK OF CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS-----THESE CASES NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG/PREDATOR PRIESTS.
Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Assault A State-by-State Comparison
Current as of 8/21/2013
This chart summarizes the applicable state statutes of limitations for the prosecution of various sexual assault crimes. The chart also highlights states that have a DNA exception to the statute of limitations. Though the specifics vary from state to state, a DNA exception allows for the tolling of a statute of limitations in cases where a perpetrator is later identified through DNA evidence. As of the date of this chart, 27 states have some form of a DNA exception that extends the time limit for prosecuting the offense
Additionally, 8 states do not have any statute of limitations for
prosecuting felony sexual assault.
Of these states, Delaware has no statute of limitations for any sexual offense; Wyoming and South Carolina have no statute of limitations for any criminal prosecution.
States without a statute of limitations would not need a DNA exception.
Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. §§ 5-106, 117
Felony sexual offense or misdemeanor punished by imprisonment in a penitentiary ----------None
Other misdemeanor sex offense-------
I want to look quickly at the PSYCHOLOGY of SEXUAL PREDATOR/CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ----as tied to NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG as well as victims of CATHOLIC PRIEST CHILD PREDATORS. When NON-CONTACT AND CONTACT SEXUAL ASSAULTS become SATURATED in our US communities we see a STEEP CURVE of what pschology knows well------the victims of SEXUAL ASSAULT/ABUSE as children can, not always become those SEXUAL ABUSERS.
This is why in my case I speak constantly against what are NOSY NEIGHBORS having children while acting as SEXUAL PREDATORS ---AND the fact that many RECRUITED to be NOSY NEIGHBORS or work as WATCHERS are children themselves.
As I said my NOSY NEIGHBOR in FEEDBACK said her parents are NOSY NEIGHBORS----a child grows up in this environment and is made to think all this is LEGAL, OK, EMPOWERING-----they think what is a black market crime is a BUSINESS. A drug dealer think he/she has a business------SORRY, THAT WOULD BE FAKE NEWS.
When children and or VICTIMS of NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG are subjected to what is PSYCHO-SEXUAL TORTURE -----constant FEEDBACK meant to scare/intimidate/make victim feel they are CAPTURED/ENSLAVED not able escape surveillance------when people are TRAINED to be NOSY NEIGHBORS ---when religious leaders as CATHOLIC PREDATOR PRIESTS work to silence victims making their CRIMES seem IMPOSSIBLE TO ATTAIN JUSTICE======
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO MANY VICTIMS OF THESE KINDS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ESPECIALLY IN MY CASE OF NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANGS.
This idea that the SEXUAL PREDATOR is not SHAMED OR HUMILIATED-----but this network works hard to make it APPEAR it is THE VICTIMS who are shamed and humiliated just as ABU GHRAIB TORTURE VICTIMS for example.
The Stockholm Syndrome
The Stockholm Syndrome was originally developed to explain the phenomenon of hostages bonding with their captors. The name refers to a bank holdup in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973 when four people were held hostage for six days by two men. The hostages and their captors bonded with each other and the hostages actually came to see their captors as protecting them from the police. One was even reported as later becoming engaged to one of the captors.
Subsequent research found that such a reaction had occurred in allthe "hostage" groups studied, including cult members, battered women, incest victims and physically or emotionally abused children. Researchers have concluded that this seems to be a universal phenomenon which may be instinctive and thus play a survival function for hostages who are victims of abuse.
There is no universally accepted definition of the Stockholm Syndrome but it has been suggested that it is present if one or more of the following is observed:
- positive feelings by the captive towards his/her captor.
- negative feelings by the captive toward the police or authorities trying to win his/her release.
- positive feelings by the captor towards his/her captive.
- a perceived threat to survival and a belief that the captor is willing to carry out that threat.
- a perception by the captive of some small kindness from the captor within the context of terror.
- isolation from perspectives other than those of the captor.
- perceived inability to escape.
The abuser (or captor) terrifies the victim, who cannot escape, by threatening his or her physical or psychological survival. As a result of being terrified the victim needs nurturance and protection. Being isolated from others, the victim must turn to the abuser for this if s/he turns to anyone. If the abuser shows the victim some small kindness this creates hope in the victim, who then ignores her rage at the terror-creating side of the abuser (because this rage would be experienced as overwhelming) and bonds to the positive side of the abuser. With the hope that the abuser will let him or her live, the victim works to keep the abuser happy. In trying to determine what will keep the abuser happy, the victim's own needs, feelings and perspectives must take second place and s/he unconsciously takes on the world view of the abuser. The victim sees the abuser as the "good guy" and those trying to win his/her release (e.g. police or therapists) as the "bad guys", as this is the way the abuser sees things. Over a period of months or years, the victim's entire sense of self may come to be experienced through the eyes of the abuser. The victim may have extreme difficulty leaving the abuser, if the opportunity arises, because s/he no longer sees a reason to do so.
For victims of sexual abuse, their families and therapists, the Stockholm Syndrome is useful in explaining the victim's experiences, current "symptoms" and the relationship between victim and abuser. It can help remove the tendency of the victim to blame him or herself for "allowing" the abuse to continue or for "causing" the abuse. It can also help to make sense of the ways in which the victim's perceptions of themselves and the abuser can be distorted, by explaining those distortions in terms of the Syndrome and making clear their origins as an instinctive survival function.
The following are some common ways in which the victim's view of their situation can become distorted, with the corresponding explanations in terms of the Stockholm Syndrome:
The victim denies the abuser's violence against him/her and focuses on his positive side.Explanation: An unconscious attempt to find hope (and thus a way to survive) in a situation in which s/he would otherwise feel powerless and overwhelmed.
The victim feels shame for abuse done to him/her.Explanation: Reflects the victim having taken the abuser's perspective (namely, that s/he caused the abuse and therefore it was deserved).
The victim resents outsiders' attempts to free him/her from the abuser.Explanation: The victim knows that the abuser is likely to retaliate against him/her for any disloyalty shown, so s/he resists others' attempts to free her or to hold the abuser accountable for the abuse.
The victim identifies with the "victim" in the abuser.Explanation: This represents the projection of the victim's own victim status onto the abuser. It enables the victim to feel sympathetic and caring towards the abuser.
The victim believes s/he deserved the abuser's violence.Explanation: This represents an attempt to feel that s/he controls when and whether the violence/abuse is done and thus permits him/her to believe s/he can stop the abuse.
The victim rationalises the abuser's violence against him/her.Explanation: An attempt to maintain a bond with the abuser (and thus hope of survival) in the face of behaviour (abuse) that would otherwise destroy that bond (hope).
Victim uses abuser-as-victim explanation to account for the abuse.Explanation: This represents an effort to see the abuser in a positive light so as to maintain the bond (since the bond provides the victim with the only hope of surviving).
The victim feels hatred for that part of him/her which the abuser said led to the abuse.Explanation: To improve chances of survival, the victim internalises the abuser's perspective, including the reasons given for the abuse.
The victim fears the abuser will come to get him/her, even if he is dead or in prison.Explanation: The victim knows the abuser is willing to "get" him/her because he has done so at least once before. The victim remains loyal in anticipation of his return.
The knowledge of CATHOLIC PREDATOR PRIESTS tied to BALTIMORE is an OPEN SECRET----this has been known and the fact all this information is surfacing as this NOSY NEIGHBOR ------KEELER------just passed away in 2017. The Baltimore Sun is quite the far-right wing global banking FAKE NEWS media so the articles below contain FALSE FLAGS.
THE KEEPERS working to find justice for this one nun-----victim of Catholic priest no doubt have done a good job keeping this case active. I will say this------THE NETWORK in Baltimore with open secret of NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG is highly likely to include some or all of these members called THE KEEPERS.
My question would be to THE KEEPERS------why not fight as hard against NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG illegal surveillance and pornography as it is NON-CONTACT RAPE-----and leads to escalation to PHYSICAL SEXUAL ASSAULTS.
The Keepers - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/
The Keepers is a seven-episode American documentary web series that explores the unsolved murder of nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, who taught English and drama at Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School, and her former students' belief that there was a cover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that a priest at the school, A. Joseph Maskell, was guilty of sexual abuse of students
Below we see A GRAND JURY IN PENNSYLVANIA handling a SEXUAL ASSAULT case this being a CATHOLIC PRIEST at the same time a university sports staff was also indicted for SEXUAL ABUSE under TITLE IX. When looking for a court venue I will consider where courts have precedence in bringing complaints to court and CONVICTING. So, GRAND JURY IN PA------MAYBE.
Keeler accused of bringing abusive priest to Baltimore archdiocese
The Baltimore Sun
August 14, 2018
An explosive grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania has called into question the actions — or inaction — of the late Cardinal William H. Keeler, the former archbishop of Baltimore who was once hailed for his transparency in handling such cases.
Keeler is accused of allowing a priest who was accused of having sex with underage girls in Harrisburg to resume his ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori called the “painful revelations” in the grand jury report “a cause for anger, disillusion and pain among many in our church.”
“These feelings toward the church must be met with more than prayers and promises,” Lori said in a statement. “They must also be met with action by any and all with responsibility for ensuring the safety of children and others in our care.”
Lori said the archdiocese would drop plans to name a new Catholic school in Keeler’s honor.
Keeler, who died in 2017 at age 86, led Baltimore’s Catholics from 1989 until 2007. Before that, he spent much of his ministry in Pennsylvania. He served as bishop of Harrisburg from 1984 until 1989.
The report from Pennsylvania’s Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, released Tuesday, detailed the alleged abuse of more than 1,000 children by hundreds of priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses — and the steps that senior church officials allegedly took to cover it up.
The grand jury said it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands,” because some records were lost and some victims were afraid to come forward. The grand jury said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades, beginning in the mid-1950s.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the two-year probe found a systematic coverup by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.
“The coverup was sophisticated,” Shapiro told reporters in Harrisburg. “And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the coverup. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation.”
Keeler, in his role as bishop of Harrisburg, was accused of failing to act in the case of two priests who abused children.
The grand jury found evidence that Keeler knew of allegations that the Rev. Arthur Long had had sex with underage girls, but allowed him to come to Baltimore in the early 1990s — where he was accused of “inappropriate behavior.”
Keeler was notified of the alleged abuse in 1987, according to the grand jury. He said he preferred to have Long’s religious order, the Jesuits, reassign Long.
“Keeler was informed that Long had admitted to the conduct,” the grand jury wrote. “In spite of such knowledge, Keeler, now in his capacity as Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, returned Long to ministry in a Roman Catholic Archdiocese.”
The grand jury quoted from a 1995 church memo regarding Long in Baltimore in 1991 and 1992: “Shortly after his assignment, reports were again received of inappropriate behavior on his part.”
Long was removed from ministry in 1995.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore said Tuesday it couldn’t immediately provide information on the accusations against Long during his time here.
Archdiocese spokesman Sean Caine said in a statement that church officials were reviewing the grand jury report and their own files “to see what information we might have on Arthur Long, S.J., and any others mentioned in the report that might have had assignments in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.”
In another case, the Rev. Augustine Giella was reported to have abused multiple girls in the same family at one church, including collecting the girls’ urine and menstrual blood and ingesting it, the grand jury reported. The girls — now grown — testified about the alleged abuse in 2016.
The grand jury found that a high school teacher reported the abuse in 1987 and Keeler received an undated memo titled “Report on Gus Giella.”
Giella retired voluntarily in 1988.
“His criminal actions, and the criminal inaction of Keeler, resulted in continued victimization and trauma for the family of girls,” the grand jury wrote.
Both Giella and Long have since died.
Also Tuesday, a former altar boy sued the Diocese of Harrisburg, alleging that Keeler did not protect him from an abusive priest, the York Daily Record reported.
The former altar boy alleges that a now-defrocked priest “leered at, groped and sexually molested” him at a church in Harrisburg. He alleges that the priest was previously reported to Keeler for engaging in inappropriate behavior with boys.
The former altar boy, now an adult living in Maryland, filed the lawsuit as “John Doe.”
The revelations stand in contrast to Keeler’s reputation in Baltimore for transparency on the issue of abuse.
In 2002, Keeler released the names of 57 priests accused of sexual abuse in Baltimore since the 1930s. He also disclosed information about nearly $6 million the archdiocese had paid up to that point in settlements and other expenses related to abuse.
Keeler also publicly apologized to those who had been abused by priests. He said he regretted his decision in 1993 to return the Rev. Maurice Blackwell to his parish after an abuse allegation. Blackwell was shot in 2002 by a man who said he had been molested by Blackwell in 1993.
The archdiocese maintains an online list of accused priests. It has added 14 names since 2002.
Lori said he was “especially saddened and troubled” by Keeler’s “failures.”
Lori recalled Keeler’s 2002 letter on church abuse, which he said was “even more revealing” in light of the grand jury report.
“The simple, painful truth is that the Church did not go far enough to protect children from sexual abuse,” Keeler wrote in 2002. “I humbly ask forgiveness for my mistakes. Please pray for me so that I may better serve.”
Lori said that the grand jury report, on top of allegations of abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, “are rightly a cause for anger, disillusion and pain among many.”
“Try as we have, recent revelations have not only proven that there is more work to be done, but also have resulted in the loss of the precious trust of many of those we are called to serve,” Lori said.
Lori did not announce any new actions in response to the grand jury report, other than dropping Keeler’s name from the new school. The archdiocese is reviewing whether there is anything else named in Keeler’s honor that should be reconsidered, Caine said.
The archdiocese announced plans in April for the new school on the site of the former public Lexington Terrace Elementary School in Poppleton. The school, which is scheduled to open in 2020, is to serve up to 500 students from prekindergarten through eighth grade.
Lori said he has prioritized the “healing of survivors” and strengthening child abuse prevention in his six years in Baltimore, including an independent review board and a mediation program for abuse survivors.
But the archdiocese has sustained ongoing criticism over its handling of abuse allegations. Most recently, it has been criticized for how it investigated allegations of abuse involving the late Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, who was featured in the Netflix series “The Keepers.”
Maskell was accused of sexually abusing children, including at Archbishop Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore. “The Keepers” explored possible connections between abuse at Keough and the unsolved killing of Sister Cathy Cesnik, who taught there.
Maskell was never criminally charged and denied the abuse allegations before he died in 2001. Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition asking the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release Maskell’s files to the public. The archdiocese has declined to release the files.
Please be aware that while these ARTICLES in global banking FAKE NEWS MEDIA often MIS-INFORM--------don't think there is no VENUE or PATHWAY to justice for those victims of CATHOLIC PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE because these cases blend with environmental conditions tied to ABU GHRAIB/CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY complaints taken by INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT.
Join together as CLASS ACTION-----and look for venues outside of any state---or even outside of US if no action is being taken in YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS.
'A Pennsylvania grand jury report released a 900-page report Tuesday, detailing decades of widespread sex abuse by priests'.
Survivor Calls For Baltimore Catholic Leaders To Release Files
By Kimberly EitenAugust 16, 2018 at 5:45 pm
Filed Under:Archdiocese Of Baltimore, cardinal william keeler
Baltimore local WJZ TV NEWS
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Pennsylvania grand jury report released a 900-page report Tuesday, detailing decades of widespread sex abuse by priests.The report said Baltimore’s longtime Catholic leader, the late Cardinal William Keeler failed to report crimes against children. The investigation took place in Pennsylvania and uncovered hundreds of priests linked to sex abuse cases.
The statute of limitations has run out on almost all of those crimes. But a survivor of sex abuse said the Archdiocese could begin to right past wrongs by opening their files on similar cases and coverups in Baltimore.
PLEASE DO NOT SETTLE FOR CIVIL AWARDS IN THESE CASES-----GO FOR CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AS WELL----WE MUST HAVE LEGAL COURT PRECEDENCE OF CONVICTIONS IN THESE SEXUAL ASSAULT CRIMES WHETHER PHYSICAL OR NON-CONTACT NOSY NEIGHBOR AND THE GANG.
“Nothing can restore what was taken from me,” Liz Murphy, a survivor of sex abuse, said.
Liz Murphy said she is faithful and forgiving, and seeking change within the Catholic church, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore, decades after a teacher sexually abused Murphy and other students at the Catholic Community School in the 1970s.
While school administrators failed to report the crimes happening in classrooms, then teacher, and now convicted child rapist John Merzbacher is in prison serving four life sentences.
“Those of who worked and knew the Cardinal are struggling, the man we knew or thought we knew with the person we read of in this report,” said Sean Caine, a spokesman with the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The report named the late Cardinal William Keeler as one of the men of God who was aware of the crimes and failed to report them. He instead shifted predator priests to new roles.
Exactly what Murphy said happened with the school administrators and religious leaders who knew that Merzbacher was attacking students.
She said she’s spent a lot of her life trying to make sure it does not happen again.
“We’re not people whose names are ever going to be engraved in stain glass windows or carved on cornerstones or have buildings named for us, but we will be the people who will be crying out from underneath the bricks and mortar that they built,” Murphy said.
For years, she wrote letters to Cardinal Keeler, finally meeting with the longtime Catholic leader after her rapist’s trial.
She said nothing came of it.
“They need to make amends, and to make amends you have to change your behavior and I don’t see that behavior changed,” Murphy said.
With the files cracked in Pennsylvania, she said she would like to see the same happen here, for the Archdiocese to bring any sins of the past, to the public eye.
“I said in here, is how can you claim so loudly your love for this thorn crown Jesus, and run so cowardly from the cross or hide it in a vault?” Murphy said. “Open up the vault. Open up the vault,”
The Vatican addressed the Pennsylvania investigation Thursday, describing the accusations as “criminally and morally reprehensible,”
by Mark Reutter11:14 am
Mar 26, 2019
Mayor Pugh’s mover got city-owned condo at bargain price
EXCLUSIVE: Politically-connected mover gets condominium at well below market rate. Pugh fails to abstain from BOE vote.
Above: The city-owned condominium building at 3306 North Hilton Street, facing Lake Ashburton, where Allen Burris purchased a unit at a bargain price. (Fern Shen)
Shortly after moving Mayor Catherine Pugh into her new Ashburton home last summer, Allen P. Burrus was awarded a city-owned condominium at signifiantly under its appraised value.
Burrus gained title to unit 203 of the Hanlon Park Condominium through an agreement of sale authorized by the mayor and the Board of Estimates on September 26, 2018 – approximately two months after Allen & Son Moving & Storage moved the mayor into her new Ellamont Road house.
The mayor’s office has not responded to a request by The Brew for comment on the house move, including documentation showing that she paid the politically well-connected Burrus for the move. Burrus also has not responded to Brew inquiries.
The condo sale was approved by Pugh and three of four board members despite a sales price of $11,500 – or 28% below the unit’s $16,000 appraised value.
City rules require that board members abstain from voting on matters, especially financial matters, that involve friends, family, associates or other potential conflicts of interest.
The only board member who abstained was Comptroller Joan Pratt, who is in charge of disbursing surplus municipal real estate and also runs her own CPA firm.
VIDEO: The September 26, 2018 Board of Estimates meeting in which the condominium sale was approved. Comptroller Joan Pratt abstained. Mayor Catherine Pugh did not. (CharmTV)
Pratt said she abstained because she did accounting work for Burrus more than a decade ago. “It has been my practice to abstain from votes on anything that I may have been involved in personally or professionally,” she said.
City rules further require the BOE to obtain the best price for any city property undergoing sale.
A review of recent sales at the Hanlon Park Condominium, a well-kept brick building on Hilton Street and Liberty Heights Avenue, show prices of equivalent square-foot units from $40,000 to $52,319.
The unit purchased by Burrus is currently assessed at $41,800 by the Maryland Depart of Assessments and Taxation.
Estate Gave Condo to City
The condo unit had been donated to the city in June 2014 as part of a final estate disbursement. In September 2015, the City Council passed an ordinance approving the condo’s sale to the public.
It is not known whether Pratt’s office received prior bids on the property or whether it was ever offered for sale to the public.
The Brew has requested this information from the comptroller and the real estate department, which is run by Walter J. Horton.
[This story incorrectly stated that the Comptroller’s office failed to respond to this request. The Comptroller’s office had not been contacted. Since publication, that office has been queried and is working to respond to the request.]
Yesterday The Brew disclosed that Horton received a $500 campaign contribution from Burrus while running for a state delegate seat in the 41st District.
Horton lost in the June 2018 Democratic Party primary.
Water Damage Lowers PriceBy all measures, Horton’s department arranged the condo sale to Burrus in record time.
Usually, such sales take many weeks, if not months, to wind their way to the Board of Estimates, especially if they require approval by city’s property sales review committee.
This sale went from appraisal on August 30, 2018 to approval by the BOE on September 26, 2018.
However, during this time frame an unusual event took place, especially during the mild summer weather of last September:
“Subsequent to the appraisal, the property suffered structural deterioration due to extensive water damage,” the BOE was told by Horton’s office.
As a result, the sale of the unit was lowered from the appraised value of $16,000 to $11,500.
Pugh and the board approved the below-market sale, according to BOE records, not only because it “will promote economic development” by returning a property to the tax rolls, but will be “a specific benefit to the immediate community, as the purchaser intends to create an affordable rental unit upon completion of repairs.”
The condo, located four blocks from the mayor’s new residence, is in a building that is a block from Lake Ashburton.
‘The Keepers': Here’s What Has Happened Since the Netflix Series Debuted
Docuseries prompts further investigation into Father Joseph Maskell’s past, more victims speak out
Beatrice Verhoeven | July 24, 2017 @ 3:26 PM Netflix
Netflix’s “The Keepers” debuted two months ago, and since then, filmmaker Ryan White has seen positive developments in the case: More victims have spoken out and police are investigating further into Father Joseph Maskell’s past life.
“I am seeing that ‘The Keepers’ is having a positive impact, not just in the sense that more victims have come forward but it is also having a positive impact in showing people that they aren’t alone and that it’s possible to move forward and confront your painful past,” White told TheWrap during a recent interview.
There has also been a lot of movement in terms of investigating Maskell. “The Keepers” explores the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, who disappeared in November 1969 and whose body was discovered in January of 1970. The documentary investigates whether Maskell had Sister Cathy killed because she was about to expose him and others for sexual abusing teenage students at Archbishop Keough High School. Maskell died in 2001, and until his death, he had denied the allegations.
According to CNN, Father Maskell’s body was exhumed in February to see whether his DNA matched the DNA from the murder scene. Two days before “The Keepers” was released, Baltimore County Police found that the DNA profile did not
ee More“No one’s prevailing theory was that his DNA would be there,” White added, referring to many people’s idea that Maskell ordered the murder but himself did not orchestrate it. “It’s a huge outward sign that they are taking Maskell seriously as a suspect now, and it definitely begs the question why these tests weren’t done when he was alive and Jean Wehner [Jane Doe] was coming forward. He could’ve been arrested.”
According to White, the documentary prompted a lot of digging into Maskell’s past, specifically when he relocated to Ireland. According to the Baltimore Sun, Maskell worked as a psychologist amid his sexual abuse allegations in the United States. Whether he assessed any children or teens during his time in Ireland could not yet be determined by the agency doing the review.
“We were only concentrating in our documentary for the most part on certain parts of Maskell’s character but he had a long career before and after his time at Keough,” White said. “A predator doesn’t stop abusing so it’s been a sad truth that people from other sides of his career — and from Keough — have come out of the woodwork.”
Moreover, a few days after the documentary was released, the Baltimore Police Department launched an online form for people to report sexual offenses related to the docuseries.
“We have been contacted by victims from the past who want to report the sex offenses that occurred to them,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.
In July, a Change.org petition was launched and has since garnered over 42,000 signatures asking the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release information they have on Maskell. White told TheWrap he had asked for these documents during the making of the documentary, and is “dubious” whether they would even release them now.
Lastly, a few weeks before the series came out, Maryland extended the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse, on which the senate voted unanimously. The previous statute of limitations provided that child sex abuse victims could only sue until age 25 — now, they can sue until the age of 38.
“It might be people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons but it’s good news for sexual abuse victims,” White added.
However, the major developments in the case since the documentary’s debut won’t change White’s mind about making a second season. Previously, he had said he wouldn’t want to make a follow-up season given how “painful” the process was for all the people involved.
“I’m still standing behind that, but I’m not going to say never,” White said about a second season. “There is a lot of information coming to us right now and there could be certain developments that I would document. But, at the moment, I’m not dead set on that. I’m still preoccupied with promoting the series and to make sure it has the largest impact that it can have. I’m still very happy where it ended. The series will end up shaking the branches in Baltimore and nationwide to have more information coming out that could lead to justice and murder being solved.”