Friday, May 29, 2009


Board to hear case for nuptial vote

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has scheduled a meeting next month to determine whether a group seeking a referendum on the recognition of same-sex marriages in the District can have their wish granted.

The Stand 4 Marriage D.C. Coalition filed its request for a referendum with the board Wednesday, hoping to block a bill passed earlier this month by the D.C. Council that recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions as legally valid.

The board’s meeting is to determine whether the subject is fit to be put before voters. A referendum cannot appropriate funds, violate the city’s Home Rule Charter, negate a budget act or violate the District’s Human Rights Act, according to the board.

The meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. June 10 in the One Judiciary Square building at 441 Fourth St. NW, Room 280-North.

Man, mother indicted in armored car theft

A Maryland man and his mother have been indicted in connection with the theft of $210,000 from an armored car.

The U.S. attorney’s office said a federal grand jury indicted Erick Wilson, 24, and his mother, Regina Wilson, 46, both of Laurel on theft, embezzlement or misapplication by bank officer or employee charges.

The indictment was returned on May 14 and unsealed on Thursday.

Mr. Wilson was a driver and guard for Dunbar Armored Inc. The indictment says while working in downtown Washington last May, he told police that he had been robbed at gunpoint. It says that he and his mother came up with a scheme to steal money from the armored car by having a third person stage the robbery.



42 indicted on gang, drug charges

A federal grand jury indicted 23 people thought to be gang members on racketeering charges and another 19 associates and others on drug charges, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday.

The indictments say that 23 members of the Pasadena Denver Lanes Bloods gang conspired in crimes including attempted murder, assault, robbery and drug trafficking, from at least January 2008.

Prosecutors said PDL Bloods is a violent gang with members operating in Baltimore and other parts of Maryland. Gang members had to go through an initiation that sometimes involved “missions” that included robberies, assaults or carjackings. Members also were required to commit acts of violence to maintain membership and advance in gang leadership.



Ex-officer’s porn conviction upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld a former U.S. Capitol Police officer’s child pornography conviction.

Michael Malloy of Bryans Road, Md., was sentenced to 15 years in prison for having a videotaped sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed Malloy’s conviction Thursday. The court rejected his claim that he should have been allowed to argue that he made a reasonable mistake about the girl’s age.

Aaron Burroughs of Crofton was sentenced to 16 years for transporting the girl to Malloy’s home and making the video. Burroughs was a volunteer football coach at Bowie High School, and the girl was a team manager.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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