It keeps going, and going, and going….

Remember the Kangaroo Court? The special committee the General Assembly convened to investigate the legal firing of at-will government employees? Did you know that legal battles from that are still being played out?

It has been 18 months since former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. left office, but the legal battle over whether he illegally targeted longtime state employees for political firings continued Monday in a case to determine the extent of the General Assembly’s subpoena powers.

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, heard arguments Monday about the refusal of two state employees to answer questions during a May 2006 hearing before a special legislative committee. The employees, who allegedly were dispatched to agencies to target political enemies for firing, have appealed a lower court decision compelling them to respond to the questions.

Why in the world has it taken this long for the case to wind its way through the appeals process? Why is the state still fighting this case years after the Committee’s preordained decision was rendered to the public? Seriously, why is the battle over the Kangaroo Court still being played out through Maryland’s Judicial System?

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And perhaps a better question still is why has the General Assembly not convened a similar committee to investigate Governor O’Malley’s identical actions, but that answer is rather self-explanatory…


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