The Court of Special Appeals on Tuesday upheld a decision by Baltimore police to terminate Meredith Cross, who argued that her constitutional rights were violated when she was fired from the department because she married Carlito Cabana –– a convicted murderer and a member of the Dead Man Inc. prison gang.
The court found that the Police Department did not violate her rights, that it "neither prevented appellant from marrying Cabana, nor forced her to obtain a divorce after learning about the marriage." The opinion continued that "the plaintiff has failed to show that the regulation infringes on either the right to marry or the First Amendment right of intimate association."
According to the decision by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals released yesterday afternoon, Cross was a financial advisor working for American Express when she first wrote to Cabana in 2002. By 2004 she had fallen in love with him and moved to Baltimore, the decision says, where she applied to the Baltimore Police Department. When an interviewer asked if she knew anyone in prison, she mentioned her brother, a friend’s husband, and Cabana, who she described as a “friend.”
What is wrong with her thought process?