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Old May 14th, 2019, 09:15 PM #61
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Yea, the problem is it just might not be illegal.
Yeah, but is it ethical?

I thought lawyers were somewhat constrained by ethical considerations.
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Yeah, but is it ethical?

I thought lawyers were somewhat constrained by ethical considerations.
Now that's funny! (Zealously representing your client often conflicts with ethics - or ethics as in the pedestrian definition.)
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The best explanation I read about the potential illegality of Frosh’s acts is taken from the Government Accountability & Oversight law firm article describing the GAO open records request lawsuit to obtain Frosh’s and the Bloomberg/NYU’s records and emails about their scam.

The GAO article cites a Maryland court ruling legally defining “pro bono” services, and contrasts that ruling with the Frosh’s intentionally deceptive language in his letter signing off on the false “pro bono” appointment of a Bloomberg lawyer to the MD OAG, which appears to violate that ruling.

FTA: As GAO details in its complaint, Frosh actually set the attorney’s six-figure salary before then appointing him a “pro bono” lawyer.

This is problematic: as affirmed in 2015 in State vs. Westray, under Maryland law “’Pro bono,’ of course, means that not only does the client not need to pay, but also the attorney represents the client without compensation.”

GAO has subsequently learned that Frosh first appointed the lawyer on January 3, 2018, but without citing to any authority under Maryland law, which apparently does not exist. Then in another letter dated two weeks later — though apparently back-dated, as it was emailed to the lawyer over two months later — Frosh then appointed him citing to the inapplicable “pro bono” provision.

Maryland OAG’s defiance represents a landmark refusal to provide a document that, while surely politically embarrassing and possibly offering legal or ethical peril, is not privileged.

That makes Frosh’s Office the only attorney general’s office to claim, brazenly, that whatever it promised to Bloomberg’s group, it is properly hidden from the public’s view.

https://govoversight.org/index.php/2...y-from-public/
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Interesting. Had to look up 6-105(f):
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Title 6. Attorney General
-Subtitle 1. Definitions;  General Provisions
-§ 6-105 - Staff
(f) In addition to any other staff appointed under this section, the Attorney General may employ any assistant counsel that the Attorney General considers necessary to a carry out any duty of the Office if the employment of the assistant counsel:

(1) is on a pro bono basis;

(2) will not result in more than minimal cost to the State;  and

(3) will not result in the payment to the assistant counsel of any portion of the State's recovery in any case or matter.
Would appear that an "assistant counsel" is a distinct entity from a "staff appointment." Legislators wouldn't have mentioned them separately unless there was a reason to, right? And it says "employ," not "appoint." Sorta suggests that "assistant counsels" are not expected to be appointed to staff positions ... otherwise they would be "staff appointments."


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I thought lawyers were somewhat constrained by ethical considerations.
99% of all lawyers give the other 1% a bad name.
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Brian Frosh gun policy --> Brian Frosh campaign backed by Bloomberg.

Florida commissioner of agriculture race, Freid backed by Bloomberg. Now what the hell does some rich NYer care about the commish of ag race in FL? Oh yeah, because that's who controls CCW down there and Freid promises to clamp down on the process

And of course MDA...

So, yeah, I've been saying for almost a year now that its obvious as hell, Bloombergs plan since he has failed to push the legislation he wants, is to go around at the municipal level, and buy local administrators who will execute in a direction that backs his bidding.

Can't the the law he wants? Fine. He'll just buy the sheriff.
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Virginia cannot even get rid of a racist Governor and a rapist Lt. Governor! Nothing will happen to Frosh. He will be the next Governor of Maryland. We are doomed.
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I have a feeling Frosh will just say whoops, give the money back and continue with his agenda. This sanctuary state may just vote him into a higher office. Good research OP!
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This story ought to be huge, but is clearly dropping into a media black hole. Do we know anybody who could get this in front of interested people in the media?


Finally made the decision to leave Maryland. Have to sell my house first and that may take a while, but it is Maryland politics that drove this decision - nothing else.
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