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Governor

Talk about bad timing. Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley, who takes the reins of Maryland government in 51 days, has been summoned for jury service.

O'Malley (D) is scheduled to appear early this morning in Circuit Court in downtown Baltimore. O'Malley transition spokesman Rick Abbruzzese confirmed the appearance but said aides believe that O'Malley is unlikely to make it through jury selection.

If O'Malley is empaneled for a trial of any length, "then we'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Abbruzzese said.

It would not be O'Malley's first jury service as an elected official. In 2002, early in his tenure as mayor of Baltimore, he was not only selected for a jury but was also named foreman. The trial was a quick one, involving an unemployed flutist who complained of being squeezed in the door of a bus while trying to catch a ride to a pet store to buy fish food, according to an account in the Baltimore Sun.

With Thanksgiving behind them, aides to the governor-elect say the transition will accelerate, regardless of what happens with jury duty.

At a meeting last week, Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G. Brown (D) asked a steering committee of more than 40 members to submit names of potential Cabinet choices this week. That is part of an effort to fill the administration's "Top 40" positions before taking office in January, said Brown, an outgoing Prince George's County delegate and transition chairman.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  November 27, 2006; 6:05 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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