But U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. sure seemed to be having a swell time perched behind the bench, saying himself at the start of the hearing that it’s been “a lot of fun” working on it. He even found time to sneak in a wardrobe change Friday.
“Notice anything different?” he asked the courtroom after he returned from a brief recess just before lunch.
After there were no takers, he answered his own question.
“It’s a new robe,” he boasted. “I wore the old one for a year without cleaning it.”
“You may have two,” quipped the judge. “I’m sure you will.”
But Mr. Getchell had more than two and didn’t quite manage to slip them past the judge.
“Five questions,” he said. “Counted ‘em.”
O'Malley launches floater … air ball
We’ll likely never know Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s political strategy in deciding on the General Assembly’s opening day to float the idea of increasing the state sales tax. Was it a trial balloon to gauge whether lawmakers or the public would be receptive to the hike as an alternative to expected efforts to increase the state’s gasoline tax or double the so-called “flush tax” to $60? Or was it an attempt to redirect the spotlight on a day traditionally reserved for well wishes, speeches and babies on the chamber floors? Whatever the strategy, the idea seemed more like a political version of an air ball judging from the reactions.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Calvert Democrat, told reporters the idea was a “nonstarter” and a “pipe dream.”
House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell, Calvert Republican, stayed more on script, calling any tax increase a “jobs killer.”
The announcement even apparently sent some business owners into a panic and even surprised the Democratic governor’s senior aides, who now say the idea is unlikely to be part of Mr. O'Malley’s budget proposal.
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