ELECTION 2024: WAS THE TOP LEGAL HONOR BESTOWED ON JUDGE AMY BY A LEGAL MAGAZINE A RESULT OF SCHMOOZE OR OUTRIGHT PURCHASED?

ELECTION 2024: WAS THE TOP LEGAL HONOR BESTOWED ON JUDGE AMY BY A LEGAL MAGAZINE A RESULT OF SCHMOOZE OR OUTRIGHT PURCHASED?

WHY ARE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS AND MATT MORGAN INTENT ON KEEPING AMY AS JUDGE?

BY KEN ROSSIGNOL

THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY

Commentary on The News

Why is St. Mary’s Delegate Matt Morgan supporting Judge Amy Lorenzini and putting himself in the same boat with every left-wing looney in St. Mary’s County? Simple. Matt went to high school with her. Usually, Matt is a principled conservative, but this time, he let down his constituents to further feather his nest with a friend in high places.

The apparent reason why socialist Democrats in Southern Maryland are interested in keeping Amy Lorenzini on the Circuit Court in St. Mary’s County is so when their interests need a friendly judge when attorneys go ‘judge shopping’ for a client or cause, they will have the sympathetic ear of the easily manipulated Judge Amy.

Lorenzini’s learning at the knee of then-St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz for ten years, where her biggest challenge as a prosecutor was collecting child support from deadbeat dads, wasn’t the kind of legal learning that installed backbone and honed skills. The next ten years working in practice in Calvert County was a hodge-podge of land disputes, dueling with government regulators, and preparing estates and wills, mainly by managing to keep briefs and filings on time in the courts.

Where is the notable legal case, trial, or achievement?

What Lorenzini has not pointed to is a serious, high-profile criminal case of homicide, kidnapping, or drug trafficking while working as a prosecutor, clearly because she had no such background. The only cases she was associated with that went to the appellate level weren’t barnburners of legal doctrine or precedent-setting.

Her clubby connections and society climbing got her some friends at the Baltimore newspaper that charges big bucks from law firms for subscriptions to come up with a reason to nominate her as a campaign come-on, which she was able to cut and paste their press release and send out to eager cut and past online websites which pretend to be news outlets.

Those “news outlets” who used Lorenzini’s press release from The Daily Record wouldn’t know a news story if one dropped on their collective dunce caps. They exist to befuddle the public with propaganda developed by every hick county and state agency in Maryland populated by mass communications graduates who couldn’t find their derrieres with both hands. The Daily Record sells glossy high-dollar ads to firms that build a close and essential relationship with decision-makers in editorial policy and deciders of awards. It’s that old black magic…of green.

When high-priced lobbyists, such as the group that put on a big fundraiser for her earlier this year in Waldorf, and devious denizens of socialist causes find their way onto Judge Lorenzini’s docket, they can wink, nod, and give the secret lawyer handshake. Amy will remember who brought her to the dance. The Culture of Corruption in Maryland includes crony capitalists and crooked socialists.

The other attorney who was honored for lifetime achievement besides Judge Amy Lorenzini was Benjamin Greenberg, who is the chairman of a law firm after a forty-year career. Greenberg heads up a powerhouse firm composed of thirty-five lawyers that specialize in commercial lending, real estate, tax and wealth planning, criminal defense and investigations, and creditors rights.

For example, the type of landmark case that caused Greenberg to be selected for the award was significantly more important to the public interest than Lorenzini’s rather mundane record.

Greenberg’s firm attorneys, Benjamin Rosenberg and Lauren McLarney, according to the firm’s website, recently secured a victory for public access to court records.  They represented the Abell Foundation in the litigation of the Administrative Office of the Courts v. Abell Foundation.  On July 1, 2021, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that the codes the AOC used in place of district court judges’ names on Case Search, the AOC’s public website, must be disclosed.  Case search was supposed to expand online access to case records, but district court judges’ names were not shown on the website.  Instead, a three-digit code appeared.   Ben Rosenberg represented the Abell Foundation in an action under the Maryland Public Information Act to require the AOC to disclose the codes.  In October 2019, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City ruled in favor of the Abell Foundation and ordered the AOC to disclose the codes that identify each District Court judge.  The AOC appealed the Circuit Court’s decision to the Court of Special Appeals, which agreed that the codes are not exempt from public disclosure.  This decision vindicates a foundational principle of democracy:  public access to judicial proceedings must be as unfettered as possible.  Courts cannot conduct their businesses from behind a curtain of anonymity.

Lopsided comparison of a small-time lawyer in the hick county of Calvert to bigtime attorneys

The Daily Record hosts their annual affair that appeals to their readership of large corporations, law firms and government officials by selling sponsorships to the same groups.  The long list of advertisers for The Daily Record is not quite as long as the list of law firms and attorneys that have contributed to Lorenzini’s campaign, but it could be that some of the same names are involved in both lists and as members of the firms.

Annual awards dinner helps keep legal media outlet afloat

The Daily Record also sells photos of the event individually to each of those “honored” and their families, as well as wall wraps for walls in waiting rooms and office lobbies, plaques, and even refrigerator magnets. The Daily Record might also sell monogrammed socks and coffee mugs with the “honorees” on them.

The “lifetime of service” award to Lorenzini, who, at the age of forty-six—hardly a lifetime—is attempting to win an election—pales in comparison to Greenberg’s service or the critical impact of the litigation undertaken by his firm, even if the Lorenzini award was not the result of greased skids, backroom influence, or outright purchase.

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