On Page Two of today’s Maryland section, the Baltimore Sun’s Laura Vozzella reports the unusual way the paper learned of the apppointment of the Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera to the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Apparently, Judge Barbera was attending a medical appointment when she was overhead making telephone calls to various people to let them know of her appointment to the state’s highest court. It turns out that there was a Baltimore Sun reporter a sitting few seats away.
This is something injury lawyers should keep in mind. You never know who is around to hear what you say. Your potential jurors, witnesses or opposing counsel may hear your comments in elevators, waiting rooms, or courthouse hallways. Remember, discretion is the rule of the day.