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Tag Archives: Judicial Elections

Circuit court race draws unusual intervention of powerful lobbyist

“What upsets me about this legislation the most is its tone,” lobbyist Bruce Bereano said. “It indicts businesses.”

Well-known Annapolis lobbyist Bruce Bereano has formed a political action committee in support of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court’s sitting judges. But the PAC’s campaign tactics are less about supporting the four judges than opposing one of their two challengers ...

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General Assembly passes protective order, hate crime, hairstyle bills

State military vehicles are parked outside the State House complex Monday morning. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in the waning hours of its virus-abbreviated 2020 session to enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective orders against any individual who allegedly attacked them in the previous six months. ...

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Chief Judge Barbera opposes ‘compromise’ judicial elections bill

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera calls the top court’s proposed name change necessary because the current moniker is “the source of much confusion.” (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Legislation aimed at striking a compromise between proponents and opponents of contested circuit court elections has failed to gain the support of the elections’ most vocal, highest-ranking critic. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Maryland’s top ...

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Barbera, ex-judge battle over eliminating judicial elections

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera calls the top court’s proposed name change necessary because the current moniker is “the source of much confusion.” (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Opponents and proponents of contested circuit court elections in Maryland battled Wednesday over proposed constitutional amendments to end the practice, with the state’s top judge saying the elections politicize the one governmental branch that should never be politicized ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Md. must end anomaly of judicial elections

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Ten years ago we wrote: “Just as surely as the swallows annually return to Capistrano, each winter advocates for and against Maryland’s current system of electing circuit court judges line up to do battle in Annapolis.” Nothing has changed. Recently ...

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Md. Chief Judge Barbera calls for an end to judicial elections

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera calls the top court’s proposed name change necessary because the current moniker is “the source of much confusion.” (The Daily Record/File Photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland’s top jurist called Thursday for the abolition of contested elections to circuit court judgeships in the state, saying a truly independent judiciary must be free of the need to make campaign promises and to raise money from ...

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Barbera backs measure to end judicial elections

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland should stop permitting the election of circuit court judges because the practice politicizes the judicial process, which must be free of even the appearance of being tainted by special interests or well-heeled donors, the state’s top jurist ...

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