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Maryland: high court disqualifies Perez

The Washington Post reports: Maryland's highest court yesterday tossed Democratic candidate Tom Perez out of the running for attorney general, ruling that he did not meet a constitutional requirement that candidates for the job practice law in Maryland for 10 years. ...

The Perez case stems from a lawsuit filed by Montgomery school board member Stephen N. Abrams (Rockville-Potomac), who said that Perez was not eligible to run for attorney general because he had not been a member of the Maryland State Bar for 10 years.

In May, Perez received an opinion from the attorney general's office that concluded that his service as a federal prosecutor and deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department appeared to meet the requirement. ...

A Circuit Court judge agreed in July, dismissing Abrams's suit. Abrams ultimately appealed the decision and personally argued the case before the Court of Appeals. -- Court Rejects Perez Bid, Early Voting Law in Md.

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