Was Hickman-markle Report Worth The Wait?

March 22, 1992

It took 16 months, but the state's special prosecutor has completed his investigation into allegations that State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman improperly released a police report detailing a drug search of a car belonging to the former campaign chairman of his rival in the bitter 1990 campaign. While the report says no laws were broken, the prosecutor did say Hickman released the report for "political advantage" and caused Scott W. Markle to be depicted "as a criminal without benefit of a trial."

However, the prosecutor declined to recommend action, saying the case was "a quagmire which we do not choose to enter." He said Markle could take other action, such as filing a civil suit. Both Hickman and Markle say the report clears them.

Do you agree with the report (which can be viewed at our offices)? Do you believe Hickman is cleared? What about Markle? Did the prosecutor take too long completing his probe? Did he take the easy way out by choosing not to enter the quagmire?

Mail your comments (you may use additional sheets of paper) to: News ballot, Carroll County Sun, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, 21157-5052; or fax it to us at 876-0233.

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