Page Croyder, the former city prosecutor who lost her primary challenge targeting Circuit Court Judge Alfred Nance, says she's done with her Criminal Justice Blog.
In her final post she takes on the sitting judges, the judiciary, Gov. Martin O'Malley, and the media (this paper included), which she rightly notes did not pick up the tip about Judge Nance’s extraordinary record of judicial indiscretion.
Croyder has been cogent and outspoken in her criticism of District Court judges' perquisites and high salaries, Nance's repeated sexism and spleen, and myriad other solvable issues within the state judiciary.
From her first post in December of 2010 through the more than 100 posts since, she has focused on reform and debated ideas that could work. She has brought honest and pointed debate to sometimes obscure corners of an institution that controls thousands of people's lives and is not always transparent.
She named names.
But now it’s over. "I was blogging less and less frequently. I would see issues in the paper and say, well, I've written about that," Croyder says by phone.
There may be the occasional blog, Croyder says. But handling a full-time job managing a building that houses low-income seniors, plus family obligations, means she can't devote the time it takes to make the blog as good as she thinks it ought to be.
That, and she's no longer fresh from the trenches. "I don’t want to be just another loud mouth with an opinion," she says.
Croyder says she hopes local media will somehow improve their coverage of the judiciary, and she remains disappointed that there is so little coverage of substance. She is still outraged that a judge like Nance can do what he does without sanction. She believes that the new system of bail review, with court-appointed lawyers for defendants, will not improve the administration of justice.
"I know that nobody's gonna study this—the impact of these lawyers on these commissioner hearings," Croyder says. "The government does that—they make a change and never see if things work.”
Don't expect a fiery take-down on the blog though. "I've done my self-appointed duty," Croyder says.