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.
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