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Judges’ character references to AGC raise ethics concerns (access required)

Judges may not write letters to the Attorney Grievance Commission attesting to the character of their ex-law clerks or other former lawyer-employees facing ethical complaints, lest the jurists’ messages be viewed as applying undue pressure on the lawyer-dominated disciplinary panel, the Maryland Judicial Ethics Committee stated Tuesday. Quoting from the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct, the ...

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