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A bard on the bench: Maryland judge gets creative with opinions

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — “Unlike the bullet or the misplaced banana peel, the effect of toxic substances on the body is often subtle and slow, leaving cause uncertain.”

That’s not how many judges begin their official written opinions. But for Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Robert McDonald, a little flair goes a long way.

McDonald, a Harvard Law School graduate and a former chief counsel for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, was appointed to the state’s highest court nearly two years…

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