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Nomination of Miller's Son Prompts Another Resignation

A third member of the judicial commission that nominated the son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.(D) for a District Court judgeship resigned today in protest over what she called political interference in the process.

Marysabel Rodriguez-Nanney, an immigration and criminal defense attorney in Annapolis, said she "felt the process was not working the way it was supposed to work." She said today she was lobbied by "politically involved people" and "other attorneys" to add Miller to the list but did not provide details.

She joins attorneys Eileen E. Powers and Paula J. Peters, also with Annapolis practices, who signed a letter of resignation to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

The lawyers said they could not support the decision of the Judicial Nomination Commission in Anne Arundel County to recommend Thomas V. Miller III to the governor for a seat on the District Court bench. The younger Miller did not make the first cut of nominees recommended to fill three vacant judgeships in the county, but after the governor requested more names to choose from, he made the list. Miller was one of several candidates in the second round who Rodriguez-Nanney said was unqualified for the post.

The Senate president, his son and a spokesman for O'Malley have denied any political interference in the nominating process.

The commission has 13 members; 11 participated in the nominations.

By Lisa Rein  |  May 28, 2008; 8:34 AM ET
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Just having the Miller name out there is all the political interference needed. Lets face it O'Malley just wanted to expand the list so that Miller's son would be on it, qualified or not.

Posted by: AlwaysWatching | May 28, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I guess making $86K at the parole board wasn't enough for this parasite. Can't Daddy find him a do-nothing job at BWI, like his sister?

Posted by: Baltimoron | May 28, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Miller and O'Malley are so sleazy and corrupt. These guys have got to go.

Didn't Peter Franchot call say Annapolis was like Tammany Hall? I guess he was right.

Too bad the other 46 State Senators lack any spines.

Posted by: Impeach Mike Miller | May 28, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It is a very high bar.

Does one give-up a high-profile political appointment and suffer all the political repercussions for a whimsical reason?

Heck no. These folks are smart enough to know they will never see the inside of the Governor's mansion again or curry the favor of presidente para la vida Mike Miller.

I am sure these poor folks felt tremendous pressure to set aside qualified applicants for another Miller child.

Posted by: PG'er | May 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think I agree with all the sentiments expressed above.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | May 28, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

When not just one, but three members of the Commission feel compelled to resign you know something is up.
Here's hoping for the remaining members who refuse to resign, that their Martindale-Hubble peer review ratings tank.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | May 28, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

State Senator Garagiola not only supports Miller, he does his bidding.

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