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Trials and Arbitration
Still befuddled by Maryland's strange judicial elections

Sitting judges once again are on ballots across the state, which means Marylanders once again will be asked to vote for or against men and women most of us know nothing about. That's how it works under our state constitution. Let's face it, most of us only know or remember Circuit Court judges if: You went to high school with them. They set your bail. They preside over a big trial. They behave badly while on duty, to wit: Lynn K. Stewart Mays, suspended last week from the Baltimore circuit bench for mocking a defendant and for losing her cool with a lawyer. "I'm always befuddled when faced with voting for judges," writes Joan Lobell, a conscientious...