Appeals court rejects request for contempt inquiry against Miller

September 25, 2002|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

The state Court of Appeals rejected yesterday a request from former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele to launch a criminal contempt inquiry against Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and other senators who contacted judges considering legislative redistricting cases.

The state's highest court said it would not start a contempt hearing because the state attorney grievance commission is considering the actions of Miller, who is a lawyer.

The Court of Appeals disclosed this year that several lawmakers had spoken with or written to judges, asking about redistricting lawsuits before a decision had been reached.

Steele filed complaints with the General Assembly's legislative ethics committee and the attorney grievance commission, and Del. Robert L. Flanagan, a Howard County Republican, asked the state prosecutor to investigate. The ethics commission reprimanded Miller and Sen. Ulysses Currie of Prince George's County. The statewide prosecutor has declined to bring a criminal case.

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