Effort to reconsider Young's expulsion fails No senator offers to sponsor motion

January 20, 1998|By William F. Zorzi Jr. and Ivan Penn | William F. Zorzi Jr. and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

An effort to have the Maryland Senate reconsider its expulsion of Larry Young appeared to fizzle last night, as supporters of the former senator failed in attempts to find a member to take up the issue again.

Despite daylong efforts to whip up public support, Young backers, led by Del. Clarence M. Mitchell IV, could not find a member of the Senate to put forth a motion to reconsider Friday's 36-10 expulsion vote.

Mitchell said before last night's session that he and other supporters were hoping that Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, a Montgomery County Democrat, or Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, a Prince George's County Democrat, would make the motion to reconsider.

Mitchell and others had been broadcasting the senators' telephone numbers all day on WOLB-AM. Both senators said their telephones had been busy, but neither resurrected the issue.

Forehand said she wished some of the information disclosed during the Senate debate Friday had been made known earlier.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, after consulting with the attorney general's office, said any motion to reconsider would be ruled out of order because the Senate had already taken action.

House leaders briefed

In the House of Delegates, Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and his leadership team were told during a briefing by the attorney general's office that they, too, could expel Young if he was appointed to a House seat.

At a rally yesterday afternoon, several black leaders urged about 200 people to join a movement to have Young's expulsion overturned and to fight against future attacks on black leaders and institutions.

Zachary McDaniels, a member of the Committee to Stop the Attack on Coppin State College, indicated that students there would boycott classes that are taught by Sen. Delores G. Kelley when the spring session begins next week. Kelley was the only senator who did not vote on the resolution and the only black senator who did not vote against expulsion.

"I've got a feeling that when Senator Kelley reports for class next week that no one will be there," McDaniels, a junior government and politics major, told the crowd gathered at Enon Baptist Church in West Baltimore. "I've got a funny feeling."

Kelley said last night that she had heard the boycott talk but that she thinks that will change once the students have an opportunity to hear all the facts.

'Skewed views'

"I think people have manipulated the students," Kelley said. "They're hearing it from the airways and giving them skewed views."

McDaniels said students also are rallying to support Coppin President Calvin W. Burnett, who also is under fire because of consulting fees that the school paid Young, an arrangement that the General Assembly ethics committee deemed inappropriate.

"If one hair on Dr. Burnett's head is touched, we will remember and we will vote in that memory," McDaniels said.

While expressing support for Young, Mitchell, a West Baltimore Democrat and one of the most outspoken officials on the senator's behalf, appeared to be taking a step away from him yesterday.

"This mission that we are called to is really not about Sen. Larry Young. What they have done is attacked your seat," Mitchell said.

"I am not Sen. Larry Young's spokesperson," he said. "Sen. Larry Young can speak for himself."

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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