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Mandel Subject of Ethics Probe

A second member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents is now under investigation by the board for possible ethics violations in connection with his activities in Annapolis.

Marvin Mandel, a former governor who was appointed to the university board by Gov. Robert L.Ehrlich Jr., has acknowledged representing clients before the General Assembly but says has been working for them even before he joined the regents in 2003.

Michael Gill, chairman of the board's audit committee, said today he has appointed three regents to review the situation. A similar panel is also looking into visits that board chairman David Nevins made to Annapolis on behalf of his employer, Constellation Energy Group.

The board's policy states that: "A member of the Board of Regents shall not, for compensation, assist or represent any party in any matter before the General Assembly.

"We take all allegations regarding possible violations of the board's ethics policy very seriously," Gill said in a statement." We are determined to operate fully within the expectations of the board's ethics policy and the state's ethics law."

The state law is enforced by the State Ethics Commission.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 27, 2006; 2:46 PM ET
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Gov. Mandel may have some ethics violations? Surely, Gov. Haircut could never have seen this coming. Mandel's got such a perfect record in this area. Well, if you ignore Mandel's abbreviated 2nd term as governor. And his mail fraud and racketeering convictions. And his jail time. Sheesh.

Posted by: Larry | March 27, 2006 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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