Speakout

September 21, 2005

THE ISSUE

William L. Howard was recently appointed as the Maryland court system's first ombudsman. Last year, after a survey found that more poor and minority respondents perceived discrimination and that 35 percent of minority respondents thought the outcomes of cases would have been different if the race or ethnicity of people involved had been different, a commission recommended having someone hear complaints from the public and promote the judiciary's position and programs on racial and ethnic fairness.

YOUR VIEW

Does the Maryland court system have a problem with bias? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@ baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your response short, and include your name, address and daytime phone number. A selection of responses will be published Sunday.

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