Glendening appoints two to appeals bench Court to add Arundel judge, Montgomery prosecutor

November 01, 1996|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF

Continuing a round of judicial appointments, Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday named an Anne Arundel circuit judge and Montgomery County's top prosecutor to Maryland's second highest court.

Glendening appointed Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., 65, who has served on the Anne Arundel circuit bench since 1977, and Andrew L. Sonner, 62, the Montgomery County state's attorney for the past 25 years, to fill two vacancies on the Court of Special Appeals.

Among a variety of high-profile cases, Thieme presided at the trial in which Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey challenged Glendening's win of the 1994 gubernatorial election by 5,993 votes. Thieme, who said he voted for Sauerbrey, rejected the challenge, saying her case was flawed by faulty data and unsupported conclusions.

Glendening also filled five vacancies on Circuit Court and District Court benches around the state, including two new posts on Baltimore Circuit Court that were created by the Maryland General Assembly this year to handle the additional caseload brought on by pending asbestos litigation.

The appointments of Thieme and Sonner to the appellate court won high praise from law professors who are close watchers of the state judicial system.

"Thieme is very intellectual, very highly educated and as fair as a human being can be," said William L. Reynolds II, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and specialist on the state's judiciary. "He is a lawyer's ideal judge."

Sonner's appointment elicited similar remarks from Abraham A. Dash, a former federal prosecutor and professor of criminal procedure at the University of Maryland School of Law.

"Sonner's just been a top-notch professional," Dash said.

Sonner, a career prosecutor, served as Montgomery County's deputy state's attorney for four years before running for the top job. Before that, he was in private law practice for two years and taught high school history for six years.

Thieme, too, was a prosecutor, joining the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office in 1965. He worked as an assistant state's attorney and deputy state's attorney for four years before running for the top prosecutor's job in 1970, when it became vacant. Three years later, he was appointed to the District Court.

On the circuit level, Glendening named Evelyn O. Cannon, 46, the Maryland attorney general's chief of litigation for the past five years, and William D. Quarles, 48, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at Venable, Baetjer and Howard, to Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Also in the city, veteran prosecutor Timothy J. Doory, 47, who has worked in the Baltimore state's attorney's office for 22 years, most recently as chief of the violent crimes unit, was appointed to Baltimore District Court.

Glendening elevated Prince George's County District Judge Sheila Tillerson-Adams, 38, to that county's circuit bench.

The governor also named Patricia Mitchell Goldberg, 42, associate general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, to Montgomery District Court.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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