Top 5: ‘I don’t think I can choose from among my children’

The Court of Appeals dominates the most-read legal affairs stories of the week — and only one story is related to an opinion. Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed a new judge to Maryland's top court, which also took the rare step of withdrawing a decision it made in October. A Daily Record investigation into the judges' financial disclosure forms found much of the information provided can be summed up in two words: no change. Here are the Top 5 stories: 1. McDonald named to high court; Berger elevated to CSA -- by Steve Lash Gov. Martin O’Malley on named Robert N. “Bob” McDonald to Maryland’s highest court, succeeding Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who stepped down from the Court of Appeals in September. O’Malley also elevated Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Stuart Ross Berger to the Court of Special Appeals, succeeding Ellen L. Hollander, who left in January for a seat on the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell extended the court’s “most sincere welcome” to McDonald.

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