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Most rational people believe that drinking and driving are wrong.  Most rational people believe that drinking and driving involve operating motor cars on public highways.  Most rational people have never dealt with a Maryland court.

One man, in Worcester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, learned that reason and Maryland courts don’t always go together.  The poor fellow had a few drinks, hopped on his all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and raced around his back yard well after midnight.  (more…)

Posted: February 16th, 2010


My Uncle Louie always referred to Montgomery County, Maryland as “Monkey County”. I never knew why. Now that I am an attorney, I do.

I’ve learned the hard way that there are too many smirking chimps in Monkey County’s legal system. In the past, I was told by a Montgomery County judge that I couldn’t represent a client in Maryland (even though I am admitted to the Bar and may practice before any court in the Free State). In the same case, the judge refused to rule on any motion I made, without explanation. I later learned from a chance conversation in a Virginia courtroom that the judge, now fortunately retired, had been law partners with the opposing attorney and didn’t want to harm his case. The Maryland Bar Counsel, charged with policing local lawyers, saw nothing wrong with this. (more…)

Posted: January 19th, 2010