Maryland Public Information Act

Why the Public Should Have No Confidence in the MD Attorney Grievance Comm.

Sometimes, ONE WORD has the ability to undermine or completely destroy confidence in all the rest of them. The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission. Created by the Court of Appeals in 1975, they claim on their website to be “..dedicated to protecting the public and maintaining the integrity of the legal profession.” One would think that…

Death Threats, and the MD Attorney Grievance Commission Made Me Do It!

I wasn’t going to do it. I wasn’t going to write about the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission again until after the conclusion of whatever it is that they are or aren’t going to do about the complaints I filed with them in early May of this year against some attorneys. In the blog post before…

Maryland Judicial Transparency series

For 2017 and in honor of the upcoming Sunshine Week celebrations in March, this page will be utilized to chronicle the judicial transparency experience in the state of Maryland. At the end of 2016, two things became clear about the financial disclosures requirement here in Maryland. First, that there are variations in the disclosure requirements…

Maryland Judiciary: Naughty and Nice.

The holidays. A time to be thankful for all that one has, and a time to take stock of the year closing in order to help give guidance for the year ahead. Speaking of being “thankful”, I am to those viewing my blog and taking the time to comment or contact me about issues raised…

Is Howard County really color-blind?

Having been born and raised in York, PA to a white mother and black father, most of the “racism” I experienced as a young child was the result of not being considered “black enough” for the friends of my black friends and an object for inspection or not light enough for the friends of my…

Maryland Public Information Act Foilies Thwart Transparency

Yesterday, I was entranced by a streaming video presentation of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s public hearing on ways and challenges of ensuring transparency and compliance with the Freedom Of Information Act. For a little more than 2 hours, journalists gave testimony to the committee members regarding their experiences with trying to…

A Howard County Judge Giveth, and a Circuit Court Clerk Taketh Away?

In the typical courtroom in the Circuit Court in Howard County Maryland, the plaintiff and defendant are each doing what they believe they need to do in order to argue their respective cases in front of a judge or jury of their (hopefully) peers. Anyone who has watched Law and Order is familiar with how…

No Penalty for Operating a Forfeited Business in Maryland

The most popular business entity in the State of Maryland is the Limited Liability Company (LLC). For sure, it’s a money maker for Maryland, well it is in relation to the other business forms. A Public Information Act request of the Department of Assessments and Taxation revealed that the following amount of revenue was generated…

Transparency and Data Access Severely Lacking

It is true what they say about Maryland: we apparently rate second in the country on judge financial disclosures and you must travel to Annapolis in order to see copies of the disclosures. The Baltimore Sun reported on it in December 2013 though it mentions that the scoring was only for the Court of Appeals…