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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Baker seeks delay in vote on Prince George’s top lawyer

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker has decided to buy more time for his embattled nominee for county attorney.

Baker is expected on Friday to withdraw the nomination of M. Andree Green to be his administration’s top lawyer, but plans to resubmit it early next year.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. (Mark Gail - The Washington Post)
Council members grilled Green during a confirmation hearing on Oct. 12 about potential conflicts between legal advice she would give to the executive and to the council when their interests diverge. While none mentioned it publicly, there has also been substantial discontent over a lawyer in Green’s office examining thousands of council e-mails in connection with a lawsuit against the county from Reaching Hearts, a church that wants to build in Laurel.

So far, no council member has offered to back Green, and an informal head count by the Baker administration has found strong opposition.

But officials think that Green, a former lawyer for the county’s parks and planning commission, will win over her critics with a few more months on the job as acting county attorney. Baker has praised Green for reorganizing the county attorney’s office and minimizing the county’s financial exposure. He said the office was “a mess” under the previous administration of County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D). And several pillars of the county’s legal community have weighed in with letters of support for Green. The job pays $160,000.

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