Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"Prince of Darkness" Moves to Quash Subpoena

I wrote here and here about the Special Committee on State Employee Rights and Protections. The Committee is looking into Governor Ehrlich's employment practices, including whether he terminated employees based on their political beliefs. The Committee leaders allege that Joseph Steffen, nicknamed the "Prince of Darkness," served as Governor Ehrlich's hatchet man. In the past few months Steffen (1) agreed to testify (2) left the jurisdiction avoiding a subpoena; then (3) reemerged and stated again he wanted to testify. Today's Baltimore Sun reports that Steffen has changed his mind again. He filed suit yesterday contending the Committee lacks the power to issue subpoenas.

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