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  Court: Perez barred from attorney general run
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Last EditedWA Indy  Aug 25, 2006 06:11pm
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News DateSaturday, August 26, 2006 01:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThomas E. Perez was booted from the Democratic ballot for attorney general today by Maryland's highest court, which ruled the Montgomery Country councilman can't run for the office because he hasn't practiced law in Maryland for enough years.

"Thomas Perez does not possess the constitutional qualifications for the office of attorney general by reason of not having practiced law in Maryland for a period of 10 years," the state Court of Appeals wrote in a one-page order.

The court ordered that Perez be taken off the ballot for the Sept. 12 primary.

Republican Stephen N. Abrams challenged Perez's qualifications to run, noting that Perez was admitted to practice law in Maryland in 2001 -- making him five years shy of the constitutional requirement that attorney general candidates have 10 years of legal experience in Maryland.
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