The Maryland Troopers Association, which sued the state over plans to lay off 83 troopers, withdrew the suit in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday, citing a new state deficit-reduction plan that would avoid the layoffs.
But the troopers' attorney told a Baltimore County judge that they would return if the ax swings their way again.
In granting their request to dismiss the case without prejudice, Circuit Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. said, "As I understand it, the relief being sought is moot in light of developments in Annapolis."
"Right, your honor," said Herbert R. Weiner, an attorney for the state police association. "Subject to things being changed on 10 minutes' notice."