Mr. William John Joseph Hoge III of Westminster, MD, has been very careful not to discuss the case between us, except in cases where he does.
This morning for example.
Now. Here’s a little bit of backstory for my readers. When I filed my original motion for the Court of Appeals (Maryland’s version of the Supreme Court) to stay Hoge’s unconstitutionally-awarded peace order pending the court’s decision on whether or not to grant my petition for a writ of certoriari (meaning a decision to hear my case), Mr. Hoge’s very expensive lawyer, Zoa Barnes, also of Westminster, Maryland, filed a fanciful bit of fiction in “answer” to my motion, in which she said that the Court could not hear my motion because I hadn’t filed the proper motion for appeal in the Circuit Court which granted the unconstitutionally-awarded peace order in the first place, but that I had filed a motion with the Circuit Court which they were already considering even though the case isn’t going to be heard until Oct. 16.
The Court of Appeals received her answer to my motion and ruled against me on Sept. 4 — the same day I filed my answer to Ms. Barnes’ bit of fiction.
Oh well, thought I. Bit of bad luck. Timing is everything. Now I’ll just wait until the court decides whether or not to take my case.
Then, on Sept. 10, I received this letter from Ms. Bessie M. Decker, Clerk of the Court of Appeals. I have highlighted the parts of particular interest. (Ms. Barnes also received a copy of this letter — shocking, isn’t it, that Mr. Hoge hasn’t mentioned it?)
Now, what does this tell us? This tells us that the court received my response to Ms. Barnes’ colorful bit of fiction after they ruled against me. Frankly, this seems like a referee coming over to a coach who has been victim of a botched call on the field and reminding him that he has a red flag in his pocket that he can throw for a review of the official’s decision — if he wants to.
Well, I filed a motion to reconsider the next day. Then on Tuesday, I called Ms. Decker who told me the motion to reconsider had already been distributed to the Judges and that Thursdays were typically the day when they rendered decisions on cases like this. So, if Mrs. Barnes got her motion to deny my motion to reconsider into the court before they ruled, if they ruled, let’s hope for Mr. Hoge’s sake that she did a better bit of storytelling than she did last time.
If the Court has already ruled against me again, it really doesn’t matter either way. If the Court has ruled in my favor, then I think that’s the end of the matter as far as the motion to stay the peace order goes. It seems unlikely they’re going to deny, grant, then deny my motion again. I hope to hear something today or tomorrow. In fact, I may call down there today and see if there’s been a decision yet.
I was also intrigued by the part underlined in blue. Is it just me? Or does it seem like the Court is rarin’ to make a decision in this case? The circumstances under which they took it, my former lawyer Mr. Tae Kim tells me, is almost unheard of — snatching it away from the Court of Special Appeals so they could hear it themselves. And now this letter from the delightful Ms. Decker.
You never know what a Court is going to do until a Court does it. But from the outside looking in, am I wrong for thinking these are favorable developments?
We shall see!
Now, below you will find some excellent examples of Mr. Hoge NOT discussing the case.