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Court dismisses former city liquor commissioner's case against city, state officials

Court dismisses former city liquor commissioner's case against city, state officials

The Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County has dismissed a lawsuit brought against state and city officials by a former Baltimore City liquor commissioner over the shifting of appointments from the governor to the city.

Douglas Trotter, who served on the Board of Liquor License Commissioners from last July to April, and Baltimore resident Dale Watkins filed the suit May 31. Judge William C. Mulford dismissed the case July 19, granting motions to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the defendants' attorneys.

The Maryland General Assembly moved the power of liquor board appointments from the governor to the city after Trotter, former liquor board commissioner...

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