The news: The Baltimore Police Department has come out with yet a third account of an apparent altercation between Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway and blogger Adam Meister. This version, which jives with neither man's account, has Meister trying to kick Conaway, and Conaway brandishing a gun, the permit for which turns out to be expired. State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has passed this one off to a special prosecutor to unravel. Our take: It may be impossible to figure out what really happened on this one, though the genesis is quite clear: Meister is the sworn enemy of the Conaways after he published a series of posts questioning whether Conaway's daughter, Belinda, lived in the City Council district she represented, and she sued Meister for millions in damages (unsuccessfully). Among the many odd details in this story, the one that sticks out is that Conaway brought the gun to the Circuit Courthouse and turned it over to police there. It is unclear whether that was a regular thing for Conaway, but evidently there is no policy against it and no one checks whether elected officials bring guns to the office.
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