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You Have Got To Be Kidding

Posted by David Keelan on Thursday, September 21, 2006

In a room full of people you would think a witness would come forward.  If a witness can be found then Mike Miller should be toast.  I don’t know if the voters would turn him out or not as I don’t know the district.

If true this is just outrageous.  I heard Clarence Mitchell IV comment on the radio today that he would not be surprised if this was true. 

However, somebody is lying in this article.  He said… He said…

Developer Says Senate President Slugged Him in Jaw at Hearing

By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 21, 2006; 12:03 PM

A Prince George’s County developer [why does his occupation have anything to do with this story?] has filed a complaint against Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), accusing Miller of punching him in the jaw as he left a hearing in Upper Marlboro yesterday.

Leo Bruso, president of Land & Commercial Inc. of Upper Marlboro, was standing along the wall of the County Council chamber when he said Miller grabbed his left arm and swung his right fist toward his left jaw.

“It was totally uncalled for,” Bruso said.

Lisa McMurray, a spokesperson for Miller, issued a statement today denying that the senator hit Bruso. “Senator Miller and Mr. Bruso were both present at a public hearing on land use issues yesterday, along with several hundred other people,” she said. “Mr. Bruso’s allegations are totally without merit and are not true.”

Bruso would not say whether he and Miller exchanged words before the alleged blow, and he would not comment on whether he and Miller’s relationship is strained.

“You’d have to talk to him about why he hit me,” Bruso said.

Bruso said the blow was “painful,” causing him to have an “automatic reaction to hit [Miller]” back in the face.

The alleged altercation, which took place near the back of the council chamber, did not disturb the hearing.

Bruso said he recorded the complaint with the District Court Commissioner Office, which handles charges filed after the court is closed.

Bruso and Miller were attending a Prince George’s County Council committee hearing on a proposal to create a zone that requires 25-acre lots in the rural part of the county.

Both spoke against the bill.

An official at the Upper Marlboro Regional Booking Facility would not provide any details about the complaint. “We’re looking into this situation,” said a Commissioner Jones, who refused to provide her first name.

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2 Responses to “You Have Got To Be Kidding”

  1. Jackie said

    Read todays Washington Post, 2 witnesses have come forward who were right there-both state it was just Miller playing and the Bruso man freaked out and punched him back. I will believe the farmer from Baden who was standing right there. This is a non story. I know back in England if someone brings forward a lot of frivolous nonsense like this for a court to deal with, they can get into a lot of trouble. Hey this is PG County, they have more to deal with there than this. This will just be another waste of my tax dollars!

  2. It’s still second degree assault in Maryland if he touched Bruso in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive, harm or intent to harm not required.

    If a mere acquaintance put his fist on my jaw, even in play, I might deck him, particularly if I did not see it coming.

    A reasonable person does not put his hand in the face of a friend, let alone his fist on the jaw of a non-friend. But let the precise facts of the actual incident come out.

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