Troopers withdraw suit

October 11, 1991

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."

The assistant attorney general defending the state did not appear, but had agreed to the dismissal.

The suit, filed Tuesday at the Towson courthouse, charged that the proposed layoffs would endanger the public and that experienced troopers were being laid off while younger ones were transferred.

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