On June 17th, 10 a.m., Sheriff Lewis will be the target of a strong arm move by the Federal U.S. Parole Commission.
Will he knowingly violate state law?
A decision by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Benson Legg on June 10th, paves the way for agencies of the federal government
to force MD state officials to enforce federal law. This would violate the existing state laws. The federal government's effort,
headed by Asst. U.S. Attorney Larry Adams of Baltimore, on behalf of the U. S. Parole Commission is a test case to force state
legislative process and force implementation of the federal Sexual Offender Registration standards upon the state.
The U.S. Parole Commissions' effort is supported by MD Attorney General Douglas Gansler and succeeds in placing the state
legislature in a difficult dilemma -choosing whether to leave local and state law enforcement officials subject to civil suit
if they knowingly decide to violate existing state law by registering a person who is not required to register under MD state
law. Judge Legg's decision supports the U.S Parole Commissions' demand that local and state law enforcement officials register
a person whose federal conviction occurred over 28 years ago and to present state law is inapplicable. This person was convicted
at a 3rd trial after the first two ended in hung juries - and the conviction is now on review by the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals based on both prosecutorial misconduct and the withholding of exculpatory evidence.
Who runs our state?