Group announces filing of complaint against Bollinger at Court of Appeals

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A small group of protesters, demanding more sensitivity training for judges and sanctions for a Baltimore County judge they call sexist, rallied yesterday on the steps of the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis.

Members of the Maryland Coalition for Judicial Responsibilities went to the court -- the first step in the adjudication process for complaints against judges -- to announce the filing of a complaint against Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. He issued a ruling in February wiping out the conviction of a man who beat his estranged wife -- then reinstated the conviction after criticism.

The coalition said his original decision, along with a 1994 reprimand for comments in a rape case, raises questions about his sensitivity to domestic violence and to women.

Coalition members also questioned whether he attended sensitivity training recommended at the time of the reprimand.

Bonnie Ariano, executive director of the Baltimore County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, said she helped design a six- to eight-week training program for the judge, but he never took it with her organization.

Bollinger might have attended another program, Ariano said.

Bollinger and his attorney could not be reached for comment.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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