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Monday, February 28, 2005

Fight Between Baltimore Sun, Governor Ehrlich Continues

The recent dismissal of the Baltimore Sun's lawsuit against Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich (Baltimore Sun v. Ehrlich) seems simply to have exacerbated the controversy over what the Sun considers to be the Governor's lack of candor and the Governor considers the Sun's unreasonable demands for information. Now, the Governor's Chief Counsel has begun an investigation into the mystery surrounding "MD4BUSH" and his (or her) involvement in spreading rumors about Mayor Martin O'Malley's personal life. Targets reportedly also include Baltimore Sun reporters, on the theory that they might have information helpful to the inquiry. See more in an AP story here, and a Baltimore Sun story by Ivan Penn here. James Keat, a retired Sun editor, published a pointedly pro-freedom of information piece in the Sun on the 25th, making some analogies between Ehrlich and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For more about the dismissal of the Sun's suit see Wiley Hall's piece in the Washington Post from February 14th here. Read Judge Quarles' opinion here.  [NB: The Sun provides extensive coverage of the lawsuit and of the O'Malley investigation in its archives but may require registration for an archive search. Registration is free.]

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