Delegate Denies Ruse

Mcconkey Says Home Transfer Was 'Doing The Lord's Work'

April 30, 2009|By Julie Scharper | Julie Scharper,

A state delegate from Anne Arundel County, who is being sued for damages by a Pasadena woman who claims he tricked her into signing over her home, told a jury Wednesday that he was "doing the Lord's work."

In his closing arguments, Del. Tony McConkey, a Severna Park Republican and real estate agent who is a law school graduate and represented himself in court, said that he was trying to help the woman save her home from foreclosure and that he never "knowingly and willfully broke the law."

Attorneys for Teresa Milligan asked the jury to award her $1.5 million for damages for the loss of her condominium and pain and suffering.

"This is the American Dream we're talking about," Peter A. Holland said in his closing arguments. "She is always going to feel the humility, the indignity and the shame of this."

Holland is representing Milligan with Michael Morin.

Milligan, a mother of three, has been living with a brother since losing her home, according to court testimony.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge D. William Simpson ruled in September that McConkey had acted wrongly in transfer- ring ownership of the condominium to himself.

The jury began deliberations Wednesday evening and is expected to reach a verdict Thursday morning.

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