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Fired former Md. attorney sues state

Maryland's former top public defender is suing the state almost a year after two members of the agency's three-member board of trustees fired her.

In Nancy Forster's suit filed Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court she alleges that board chairman T. Wray McCurdy and member Margaret A. Mead "overstepped their authority" with "not negotiable" demands for structural and personnel changes.

Forster was fired from the 900-employee Office of the Public Defender in August 2009. Her ouster led to legislative reform of the previously obscure board.

The suit seeks at least $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages but does not request reinstatement.

McCurdy and Mead and spokesmen for Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Office of the Attorney General, which will defend the suit, declined to comment.

-- The Daily Record of Baltimore

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 17, 2010; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Updates  
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