Anne Arundel judge faces complaint after name appears on fundraising pitch

The founder of an Anne Arundel County progressive group and the Caucus of African American Leaders have filed a formal complaint against Circuit Court Judge Mark W. Crooks after his name was appeared on a county council candidate’s fundraising flier.

Yasemin Jamison, who created Anne Arundel County Indivisible, submitted the complaint to the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities last week. The seven-page document claims that Crooks violated a section of the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct that bars judges from endorsing political candidates.

The commission, an independent body that investigates complaints against the state’s judges, does not confirm or share information about complaints until an investigation is complete. The complaint can be dismissed right away, or the panel could launch an investigation that could result in a warning, private reprimand, deferred discipline agreement or charges.

Jamison said she submitted the complaint because she wants the public and candidates to know “that we’re awake and watching.”

“I just feel like people needed to know, and that it’s not right,” she said.

The email flier advertised a fundraiser for Pasadena Republican Nathan Volke’s campaign, It indicated Crooks and Anne Arundel County Register of Wills Lauren M. Parker were hosts, saying they “cordially invite you to a happy hour reception supporting” Volke.