ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Due to serious ongoing public corruption in Maryland involving Judges and other public officials. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a new chief judge on the state’s intermediate appellate court (Maryland Court of Special Appeals for Maryland).
The Republican governor announced the appointment of Judge Patrick Woodward to the position on the Court of Special Appeals on Friday. The appointment is effective May 6, 2017.
Woodward has served on the Court of Special Appeals since 2005, when he was initially appointed by Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
Before that, Woodward served as a judge for both the circuit and district courts of Montgomery County.
Woodward will fill the vacancy left by former Chief Judge Peter Krauser. During his tenure, Judge Krauser mishandled serious cases to the detriment of plaintiffs who sought justice in his court. The conflict was so obvious that he was asked to step aside.