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Barbera backs measure to end judicial elections

“I am gratified beyond words to do the work of justice,” said Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who reaches Maryland’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 on Sept. 10. (The Daily Record/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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