Democracy Spirited Away from Garrett Park, MD under Cover of Darkness

This past week the impeachment referendum that Garrett Park’s Town Council approved over a month ago was abruptly called off under the threat of litigation against the Town Council and the Mayor. The mayor and the Town Council have been advised by legal counsel not to discuss the matter. Does a precedent exist for an individual or group of individuals to prevent the citizens of an entire town from using a referendum to exercise their constitutional right to petition the federal government? And by what authority have these shadowy would-be litigators engineered a de facto gag order against public officials?

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2 Responses to “Democracy Spirited Away from Garrett Park, MD under Cover of Darkness”


  1. 1 Johnny Unite-Us October 10, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    This is the worst travesty perpetrated against the citizens of Maryland since the Colts were stolen from Baltimore in the middle of the night!

  2. 2 Thomas Nephew October 10, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Really pathetic. I wonder if the legal threats come from the same guy who tore down the impeachment petitions from the post office bulletin board there.

    I suppose there’s a chance there’s some important difference between Takoma Park and Garrett Park in their charters and freedom of action. But if not, Garret Park residents should wish their mayor and council were more willing to stand up for their community and their own prerogatives than this — and that they’d look askance at legal counsel advising them otherwise.


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