Judicial politics of another sort are at work on the Eastern Shore. Instead of race being the key factor, roots are.
In August, Court of Appeals Judge William H. Adkins II retired. The state constitution requires that one judge come from each of five appellate circuits and two from the sixth, which is Baltimore City. Judge Adkins was a resident of Talbot County, in the First Appellate Circuit, which is composed of the nine Eastern Shore counties.
The appellate judicial nominating commission recommended three names to the governor: Salisbury attorney K. King Burnett, Court of Special Appeals Judge Robert Karwacki of Queen Anne's County and Wicomico Circuit Court Judge Alfred T. Truitt Jr. All have fine reputations, but some Eastern Shoremen object to Judge Karwacki because he is not an "authentic Shoreman," as House Speaker Clayton Mitchell Jr. put it.