Circuit Court Judge Gives to O’Malley

A Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge has thumbed her nose at Maryland’s tradition of political impartiality by judges by supporting Martin O’Malley’s Presidential Campaign.

Circuit Court Judge Cynthia H. Jones made a $500 contribution to O’Malley’s Campaign on October 28, 2015.
Curiously, the filing does not list the occupation for Jones as a Circuit Court Judge. Instead, she lists her occupation as “Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement” and her employer as the “Office of the Commissioner of Finance.”

According to her Maryland Manual On-Line bio, Jones did work as the Assistant Commissioner of Enforcement and Consumer Service in the Office of Financial Regulation, part of the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, from 2011-2014. Her service there appears to have ended when she was appointed to the Circuit Court by then-Governor O’Malley on March 13, 2014.

It is unclear why Jones would be listed with her old job and not her current job. 

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The Maryland Judicial Code of Conduct governs the conduct by sitting judges and candidates for judge, of which Jones is both. The Code of Conduct is silent on the issue of donations by judges to non-judicial candidates, but rule 4.4 talks about what judges and candidates can and cannot do politically.

Jones will be appearing on the ballot this year as she seeks election to her a full 15-year term on the Circuit Court.

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