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Judges’ character references to AGC raise ethics concerns

“Just because it's controversial doesn’t make it unconstitutional,” Andre M. Davis, shown in a 2017 photo, told the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in defending Baltimore's aerial surveillance program. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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, ...

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Judges should avoid Black Lives Matter rallies, ethics panel says

Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Maryland judges should not participate in Black Lives Matter rallies because their clarion call for justice system reform and harsh criticism of law enforcement would bring the jurists’ impartiality into question when they return to the courtroom, the state’s Judicial ...

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Don’t mix being a commissioner, census taker, ethics panel says

This March 23, 2018 file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a resident in Providence, R.I., as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. A Trump administration plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census has prompted legal challenges from many Democratic-led states. But not a single Republican attorney general has sued _ not even from states with large immigrant populations. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

Maryland district court commissioners may not accept part-time jobs as door-to-door census takers, as this could require them to ask personal questions of people who have or may come before them, the state’s Judicial Ethics Committee stated in an opinion ...

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Baltimore judge faces second disciplinary panel hearing in a year

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ANNAPOLIS — A controversial Baltimore City District Court judge is accused of using her influence to attempt to embarrass another judge in 2015, according to testimony before a judicial ethics panel on Monday. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities recommended a six-month suspension ...

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Panel recommends 6-month suspension for Baltimore judge

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A judicial discipline panel has recommended the immediate six-month suspension of a Baltimore City District Court judge they determined to be “volatile, unpredictable, and responsible for the enormously difficult work environment” at the District Court. The Commission on Judicial Disabilities deliberated for ...

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Russell’s judicial ethics hearing concludes; no timeline for deliberations

John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge, District Court of Maryland. (The Daily Record/Maxmilian Franz)

An ethics panel concluded a multi-day hearing for a Baltimore City District Court judge late Monday after the judge testified in her defense. Judge Devy Patterson Russell is charged with failing to carry out her duties, displaying contempt for instructions from ...

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Proposed Md. judicial discipline rules redefine reprimand, add discovery requirements

The Court of Appeals has the authority to determine “what is good judicial policy, what does justice mean for the courts,” said Alan Wilner, a retired Court of Appeals judge who now serves as the chair of the judiciary's rules committee. (File photo)

In an attempt to address problems cited by judges and the Court of Appeals, a proposed update to Maryland’s rules governing judicial ethics would create an avenue for Court of Appeals review, allow immediate notice of complaints and require discovery disclosures. ...

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