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 settlement.
Reprinted with permission - © 2006 Baltimore City
Cops Stinging
Fine With Folio
Third article in a series by Van Smith,
Baltimore City Paper
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
Copyright © 2017  Barry M. Baker