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April 8, 2011

Snoop freed from city jail


Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, the drug dealer turned actress who was indicted last month in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy, will be released from the city jail after a hastily-called hearing this afternoon in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Pearson, who gained fame for her role on HBO's "The Wire," was among more than 60 people charged in a drug conspiracy case and had been ordered held without bond by Judge John Addison Howard at a hearing at which she did not have a lawyer present. Her initial attorney, Paul Gardner, launched a "Free Snoop" campaign on YouTube, then was replaced with attorney Benjamin Sutley, who said last week that the prospects of her release appeared dim.

Sutley said he negotiated with prosecutors into the night Thursday, and Pearson will be on electronic ankle bracelet monitoring through a Towson-based company. The terms of her release allow her to travel to Philadelphia to film a movie. 

"We had a lot of discussions, but mostly it was just about legitimizing that, if she gets out, she'll be working and she's not a flight risk," Sutley said. "We were able to get her before Judge Howard, and he agreed."

Pearson is charged with helping bankroll a heroin operation in the city, and the case involves wiretaps, according to prosecutors. Her arraignment is set for May 5.

[Associated Press photo]

Posted by Justin Fenton at 3:01 PM | | Comments (12)


Shouldn't "the drug dealer turned actress" be changed to "the drug dealer who also acts"? - YERP

I'd like to see all this evidence that the city police and the DEA have supposedly amassed on these 60 people. There is a big difference between selling drugs and being at the wrong place at the wrong time. This giant group of arrests might end up being another boondoogle by local law enforcement. May they all have good lawyers.

Philadelphia sounds like a very good drug market. Making a movie and selling drugs in Philly. What a great deal. Thanks Baltimore legal system. Oh! that's right, there is no more legal system in this country. Of course, unless your not wearing your seat belt and you got to be white. Now that's a crime. No movie for you.

I am gonna say atleast 20 could be at the wrong place at the wrong time. I had a friend who was helping someone prepare her taxes and the house was raided. He ended up spending the night in jail. The city police do not care to sort anything out. They leave that up to the courts. Sometimes a little common sense goes a long way.

Hmmm. Devil's advocate. When would someone involved in drug dealing/using be filling out a tax return. Sounds a bit counterproductive. LOL.

The IRS is quite different than the judicial system. Regardless of where you get your income you still have to fill out a tax return. The last line on your tax return is "income from other sources", that is where you list your income from illegal activities. Don't believe me? Ask Al Capone.

Must be nice to be a celebrity. You get to live out of jail with a nice monitoring device--away from the isolation and fellow criminals.

People are quick to judge without hearing all the facts. She is innocent until proven guilty in court.

Regardless of whether her celebrity got her out of jail or not, if an individual is not a threat to society or a flight risk, they should always have the opportunity to remain free while fighting their case. Innocent until proven guilty is more than words. I'm glad she was released from jail.

The pathology in our nation is spiraling from a depressed economy and partisan politics that's based solely on idealism's and money ... and not on what main stream Americans need. which is why people are turning to crime as a means to survive.

@cham,or maybe you and ya white friends can open a liquor store,with what ya daddy gave you,never do anything for the community that your helping destroy,or maybe a gunstore,think before you speak lame ass,yeah @ cham!i see alot of white,blavk,and latino dealers where I live,what world you from

I fail to understand why people have such support for this woman. While she may have had a little bit of success acting (which people may take as a sign that "she's turned her life around"), she is still a career criminal who has spent years dealing drugs, and has also shot people on more than one occasion (in one case, the person she shot died). She spent five years in prison for that killing and once released, she attempted to earn money the right way through paying jobs. When that didn't work out, she admits going right back into what she knows best: selling drugs on a Baltimore street corner. It seems times have been tough for her recently, having had her house foreclosed on and all, so clearly she's in financial trouble. Isn't it logical that she would again go back to doing what she knows how to do (selling drugs) in order to make money?

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About Peter Hermann
Peter Hermann started covering news for The Baltimore Sun in 1990, first in Anne Arundel County and, starting in 1994, reporting on the Baltimore Police Department. In 2001, he was assigned to Jerusalem as the Baltimore Sun's Middle East correspondent. He returned in 2005 as an assistant city editor overseeing crime coverage. In 2008, Peter returned to the beat as a daily reporter and blogger. A recent BBC report featured him in a segment on the harsh realities of covering crime in Baltimore.

Coverage will focus on crime trends, problems in neighborhoods in the city and elsewhere, profiles of victims and police officers and try to offer readers a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing issues facing Baltimore and its future.

Contributing to this blog is Justin Fenton, who joined The Sun in 2005 and has covered the Baltimore City Police Department and the criminal justice system since 2008. His work includes an investigation into Cal Ripken Jr.’s minor league baseball stadium deal with his hometown of Aberdeen, a three-part series chronicling a ruthless con woman, coverage of the killing of five Amish children at a schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., and a job swap with a British crime reporter to explore differences in crime-fighting. A special report looking into how city police handle rape cases led to sweeping reforms that changed the way sexual assaults are investigated in Baltimore. He was recognized as the best reporter in Baltimore by the City Paper in 2010 and by Baltimore Magazine in 2011.

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