By Van Smith
“These communications would include, but are not
limited to, the motive for settling this matter, a
party’s alleged involvement in the circumstances
involved in this matter, and/or the character, ability,
or reputation of a party,” the settlement agreement
states.  City Paper’s previous coverage of the Folio
case already contains a heavy dose of such
commentary, though the motives behind the
settlement remain shrouded in secrecy.

Folio, in an e-mail, declined to comment about the
Reprinted with permission - © 2006 Baltimore City Paper
Cops Stinging
Fine With Folio
Third article in a series by Van Smith, Baltimore City
Baltimore police officer Jacqueline Folio has settled
her lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department,
police Commissioner Leonard Hamm, and two
former police lawyers, Sean Malone and Karen
Kruger. Folio, who was charged, tried, and acquitted
of perjury charges that arose from a police sting in
which she was set up to commit a false drug arrest
(“Cop Out,” April 6), filed suit against the
department in April (“Absent With Cause,” Mobtown
Beat, May 11). She argued that Hamm, Malone, and
Kruger had illegally conspired to remove her from
her job.

Under the settlement, which was approved by the
city Board of Estimates on Aug. 3, both sides deny
any wrongdoing. Folio, though, appears to have
gotten everything she wanted: a clean, clear, and
amicable retirement, complete with a well-wishing
letter from Hamm and payment of her attorney’s
fees. (Clarke Ahlers, who represented Folio, will be
paid $17,500 for his efforts.) Folio’s police file will be
purged of all matters relating to the sting, and she
will be covered by the city for any possible claims
brought by the falsely arrested party, Leon
Burgess.  In return, Folio must refrain from making
any disparaging comments about Hamm, Malone,
and Kruger.
The series of articles reprinted here provides a rare
and detailed insight into "cops stinging cops" with
everybody getting stung.
Copyright © 2018  Barry M. Baker