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August 17, 2010

Md. gets 1st African-American woman appeals judge

When she was sworn in today, Judge Michele D. Hotten became the first African-American woman to serve on the bench of any Maryland appellate court.

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Hotten last month to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest court. She had been a judge for 15 years in Prince George's County Circuit Court. A graduate of Howard University's law school, Hotten has also served as counsel to the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission and as a county prosecutor.

"Many judges and lawyers have written to me to describe Judge Hotten as impeccably prepared, uniformly fair, and a devoted legal scholar with a truly legendary work ethic," O'Malley said in a statement.

Hotten fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James P. Salmon.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 11:20 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Crime & Justice


good luck to anyone who gets her a s a judge. you will need it.

Michelle Hotten was a great and fair trial judge on criminal cases. She hammered people that deserved it, and was not a light sentencer at all. She is smart enough to know she doesn't know everything and actually listened to arguments, did research and reached the correct decisions, not politically correct decisions.


"She hammered people that deserved it, "

JUST what I wanted to read, thanks.
I can't beLIEve OweMalley chose her then!

I don't see the need to advertise this woman as the "first black woman" etc etc. This diverts from her other accomplishments and might make one think that was the only reason she was nominated. Of course, I have never heard of her and have no opinion one way or the other but mentioning her color instead of her credentials is irresponsible, especially given that most of Bodymore's government is black. Besides this is 2010, not 1964.


Perhaps *because* it is 2010 and not 1964, makes Judge Hotten's race and gender news.

Oh, and Anonymous, maybe you should have given the Governor a pass this time. Your gratuitous slam seems to fall a little flat when you find yourself agreeing with him....


I think you have it backwards. I believe the headline was written as such so that readers would actually open the link instead of passing it by. I know I did.
In 1964 a black woman appointed to appellate court would have made news. In 2010 meh, not at all. I believe Ms. Bykowicz only added the race so that we would open and read it. People have become so apathetic to news, the reporters need to catch our attention somehow. I see it all the time. I open articles only to find the contents vastly different (or at least void of a good story) than what the headline suggests.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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