As seen in How Appealing, the Baltimore Sun has this editorial protesting the nomination of Claude Allen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to the seat formerly held by Baltimore's own Francis Murnaghan. The Sun opines that Allen's nomination is "an affront to the legacy of Francis D. Murnaghan Jr., whose seat on the bench Mr. Allen would fill. Judge Murnaghan, who died in 2000, was a liberal thinker, a progressive and a distinguished advocate of civil rights." The piece concludes that "Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, should exercise whatever clout he has in the White House to put a Marylander in the Maryland seat."
I know some Maryland lawyers, but I don't know how many Republican Maryland lawyers there are, other than perhaps Judge Motz, whose wife the other Judge Motz is already on the Fourth Circuit.