Concerns Escalate Over Baltimore's Flawed Speed Camera Program
Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 07:15 PM EST
Criticism and concerns continue to mount over Baltimore's flawed speed camera program. City council members are fighting for information from the Mayor's office about just how error-prone the cameras were.
The battle began when the Mayor's office refused to make public information contained in a secret audit, which had revealed the city's speed cameras had error rates as high as 50%.
At issue on Tuesday, a battle over semantics, as the council seeks to determine whether it has the power to summons or a subpoena. The city's chief lawyer Hilary Ruley submitted a secret amendment to a measure under consideration. The proposed change would significantly curtail the council's ability to legally subpoena documents.
The move did not please the chairman of the committee leading the investigation.
"I don't know what they were trying to do, but rather than try to accommodate the law department, what we'd like to do is clarify the powers the committee has," Councilman Jim Kraft said. "That the committee has been exercising for years and years and years."
Eventually the council voted to move forward with plans to use legal powers if necessary, to compel the mayor to cooperate.
City solicitor George Nilson says while they consider their amendments privileged information, Kraft had the right to disclose them to the public.