9 judges, unchallenged, on path to new terms

November 04, 1992|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

Even in a year when voters seemed inclined to "throw the bums out," all nine incumbent appellate court judges on the ballot yesterday were expected to win election to 10-year terms.

With no major controversies surrounding the judicial races, five Court of Appeals judges and four Court of Special Appeals judges were expected to win their retention elections.

The judges faced no challengers, and all were endorsed by the Maryland State Bar Association.

Voters were asked whether the incumbents should be retained for 10-year terms.

"There is not a groundswell of people who are out to defeat the judicial candidates," Judge Robert M. Bell of the Court of Appeals said last night.

Judge Bell and Judge Lawrence F. Rodowsky, who represent Baltimore, were on the ballot for retention on the Court of Appeals, along with Judge John C. Eldridge of Anne Arundel, Carroll and Howard counties; Judge Howard S. Chasanow of Calvert, Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's counties; and Judge Robert L. Karwacki of the Eastern Shore.

Court of Special Appeals judges on the ballot were Diana G. Motz and Arrie W. Davis of Baltimore, and John J. Bishop Jr. and Glenn T. Harrell Jr., at-large.

Judge Eldridge, chief legislative officer for the governor from 1969 to 1973, has served on the Court of Appeals since 1974.

Judge Rodowsky, a former assistant Maryland attorney general, has served on the bench since 1980.

Judge Bell, a former Court of Special Appeals judge, was appointed to the court last year. Judge Chasanow and Judge Karwacki would be gaining their first 10-year terms as well.

Judge Bishop is the only Court of Special Appeals judge who already has served a full term. He was appointed in 1981.

Judge Harrell was appointed last year by Gov. William Donald Schaefer, and Judges Motz and Davis were appointed in 1990.

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