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Brian Frosh
Attorneys general for a day
Attorneys general for a day

When Brian Frosh became Maryland's attorney general several weeks ago the program for the investiture ceremony informed us that he was Maryland's 46th attorney general. There are some traditionalists, however — and perhaps some querulous archival purists — who would knock Frosh down a few pegs in the ranking: to No. 43. Here's why: Several days prior to my swearing-in as attorney general on Jan. 2, 1979, then Attorney General Francis B. "Bill" Burch resigned his position so that each of his two deputies, Jon Oster and George Nilson, might serve as attorney general — each for one day — to fill the contrived vacancy. It was a generous...