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Charm City Dialogue

Baltimore City’s recent civic disturbances, the position of the police in the criminal justice system, and other related matters were the focus of a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Women’s Bar Association-Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carrol County chapters.

Nearly 200 practicing lawyers and judges—men and women alike – observed a “high spirited and sometimes contentious” exchange among Adelberg Rudow Member Andrew Radding, Former Baltimore City Police Commissioner and Current 105.7 the Fan Talk Show Host Edward Norris, and attorneys, William H. “Billy” Murphy and Mary Koch. Fox 45 Morning News Anchor Patrice Sanders served as emcee.

“While attempts were made to lay the blame at society in general for fostering a situation of frustration and hopelessness among the people who rioted in April, it was also pointed out that City politicians have not done enough to improve the plight of the disadvantaged,” said Radding, a former Assistant Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Crime and an Assistant United States Attorney in Maryland who currently focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, civil and domestic litigation, and representation of professionals in courts and administrative tribunals.

During the dialogue, the panelists mentioned the City’s high murder and heroin addiction rates, as well as current segregation and the fact that new developments in Harborplace, Harbor East and Canton have done little to improve the plight of the people living in poverty in Penn North and similar areas.

While everyone was able to point out problems, very few viable solutions were espoused.

“However, audience reaction to the program was quite positive, so perhaps that’s a step in the right direction,” Radding concluded.


Photo caption: from l to r: Ed Norris, Billy Murphy Jr., Patrice Sanders, Mary Koch and Andrew Radding

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