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May 31, 2011

Attorney Needleman charged with textbook theft

Weeks after his office and home were raided by federal agents, attorney Stanley Needleman is in trouble again — this time with allegedly stealing a judicial clerk's school textbook from a Baltimore County courtroom.

Needleman, 68, has been charged with one count of theft under $100 after police say a check of court surveillance cameras showed him on May 9 flipping through the textbook, titled, "Understanding White Collar Crime," walking away with it and resuming his spot behind the defense table to represent a client.

In an interview with a detective, according to police charging documents, Needleman said he picked up the book because it "had to do with my situation," an apparent reference to raids on his North Calvert Street office and Pikesville home in mid-April by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The City Paper has reported that agents seized $600,000 in cash.

Needleman told the detective in the textbook case that he "did not have any intent whatsoever to take anybody's book," but police noted that he made no attempts to return the book, valued at $41. He did not respond to a request for comment.

The court clerk, Bradford Gorney, also did not return a phone call seeking comment. But on his Facebook page, he posted on May 10: "It's official, someone stole my school textbook from inside my courtroom with cameras … DUMB."

Read more here.

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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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