Clinton picks Diana Motz for 4th Circuit benchBALTIMORE...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

January 28, 1994|By From Staff Reports

BALTIMORE — Clinton picks Diana Motz for 4th Circuit bench

BALTIMORE -- Maryland appellate Judge Diana J. Gibbon Motz was nominated yesterday by President Clinton to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

The nomination was among 10 for federal bench posts nationwide that were announced by the White House.

Judge Motz's experience includes stints with the Maryland attorney general's office, where she was chief of litigation, and as one of 15 members of a panel that was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to review the nation's federal courts. She has served on the state Court of Special Appeals since 1991.

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, D-Md., who recommended Judge Motz, said she has built a distinguished legal career. "Her experience, competence and integrity will bring great strength to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit," he said.

Judge Motz's husband is U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz.

Capital gains tax reduction proposed

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will hear testimony at 1 p.m. today on a bill sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll-District 5, on lowering the state's capital gains tax.

Mr. Haines, a Westminster Realtor, is sponsoring Senate Bill 204, which would reduce the amount of capital gains taxed under Maryland law.

Currently, 100 percent of the profit from an investment is taxed. Only 50 percent would be taxed under the senator's proposal.

The change would stimulate the economy, he said.

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