The names of two judges in the Maryland's appellate court system will appear on the ballot -- one state-wide, the other only in Baltimore -- in Tuesday's general election.
Judges John J. Bishop Jr. of the Court of Special Appeals and Lawrence F. Rodowsky of the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, are seeking ratification from the voters to stay on the bench after being appointed to their jobs by Gov. Harry Hughes.
The law requires that the names of appellate judges appear on the ballot at the first general election after their appointments to see if the voters want them to continue in office for another 10 years. It is a simple "yes" or "no" vote.
Bishop, one of six at-large members of the Court of Special Appeals, was appointed in September 1981. His name will be on the ballot state-wide. Rodowsky, appointed in 1980 from the Baltimore appellate circuit, will have his name on the ballot only in Baltimore.
The Maryland State Bar Association has recommended that both judges continue in office, and the judiciary committee of the Baltimore City Bar Association rated both "highly qualified" -- the highest rating.
Bishop, a Republican state senator for 15 years before becoming a judge, is a resident of Towson in Baltimore County. Rodowsky, who lives in Baltimore, was a private lawyer before his appointment.
In another law-related election, incumbent state Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs faces challenger Robert N. Dugan, a Republican lawyer from Timonium in Baltimore County.
Sachs, former chief federal prosecutor in the state, is seeking reelection on his claim that he has strengthened the attorney general's office, making it more active in prosecuting white collar crime, political corruption and Medicare fraud cases.
Dugan, a former FBI agent and assistant prosecutor in Baltimore, contends Sachs has "abused the powers of his office with overzealous prosecutions" to seek publicity.