Hon. Terrence J. McGann See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Montgomery County
6th Circuit
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General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2822
Rating:Not Rated
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Criminal Defense Lawyer



Comment #: MD2816
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, Audrey Creighton audreycreighton@gmail.com wrote:Shelly, I accept your apology. I know that you are trying to defend me and I appreciate that. The dialogue did get out of hand, but I think you can fix it by simply going back online and saying something like this: "I just want to say that I believe Judge Creighton is being treated unfairly. She is a good and fair judge. She is a victim of domestic violence and should be treated kindly just like any other citizen of Montgomery County. " Then leave it alone NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY NEXT. You will have ended it well.Thank you for being so supportive of me.Judge Creighton

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2794
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Voters in Montgomery County, Maryland need to utilize good common sense when it comes time to vote for the judiciary in November. The history surrounding Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton and her intimate involvement with a former client, Rickley Senning, who she represented as his public defender, is beyond salacious. Her association with a convict and the fact he was admittedly living in her home and engaged in an intimate relationship with her not only smacks of unethical conduct for a judge but also points to a serious conflict of interest. Her deceitful response to the police in which she stated her relationship was "platonic" and her later admission,when filing for a protective order, that it was intimate causes one to pause about her association with an ex-con places her in a vulnerable and compromising position in significant ways. As a judge, her behavior and actions should be beyond reproach. However, it is apparent her actions have demonstrated flawed judgment which is of serious concern when she is in a position to make serious decisions about the fate of others lives when they stand before her in a courtroom. In a public role, her personal life becomes open to scrutiny of both her character and integrity. Though Daniel Patrick Connell,an attorney,may not have gone through a formal judicial vetting process,he served as a Marine which speaks volumes in regard to meeting rigorous standards of conduct along with possessing character and integrity. Creighton,on the other hand,who was initially selected by Governor O’Malley (D-MD) and was supposedly vetted, has failed to provide a good example of that process and draws into question the depth and quality surrounding it. Creighton appears to be a poor choice to continue in her role as a Circuit Court judge. The honorable thing for her to do would be to turn in her resignation. If she fails to do that, voters in Montgomery County should wisely bid her farewell. ***Karen L. Bune is a national criminal justice consultant and an adjunct profess at two universities

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2791
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Voters in Montgomery County, Maryland need to utilize good common sense when it comes time to vote for the judiciary in November. The history surrounding Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton and her intimate involvement with a former client, Rickley Senning, who she represented as his public defender, is beyond salacious. Her association with a convict and the fact he was admittedly living in her home and engaged in an intimate relationship with her not only smacks of unethical conduct for a judge but also points to a serious conflict of interest. Her deceitful response to the police in which she stated her relationship was "platonic" and her later admission,when filing for a protective order, that it was intimate causes one to pause about her association with an ex-con places her in a vulnerable and compromising position in significant ways. As a judge, her behavior and actions should be beyond reproach. However, it is apparent her actions have demonstrated flawed judgment which is of serious concern when she is in a position to make serious decisions about the fate of others lives when they stand before her in a courtroom. In a public role, her personal life becomes open to scrutiny of both her character and integrity. Though Daniel Patrick Connell,an attorney,may not have gone through a formal judicial vetting process,he served as a Marine which speaks volumes in regard to meeting rigorous standards of conduct along with possessing character and integrity. Creighton,on the other hand,who was initially selected by Governor O’Malley (D-MD) and was supposedly vetted, has failed to provide a good example of that process and draws into question the depth and quality surrounding it. Creighton appears to be a poor choice to continue in her role as a Circuit Court judge. The honorable thing for her to do would be to turn in her resignation. If she fails to do that, voters in Montgomery County should wisely bid her farewell. ***Karen L. Bune is a national criminal justice consultant and an adjunct profess at two universities

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2789
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Voters in Montgomery County, Maryland need to utilize good common sense when it comes time to vote for the judiciary in November. The history surrounding Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton and her intimate involvement with a former client, Rickley Senning, who she represented as his public defender, is beyond salacious. Her association with a convict and the fact he was admittedly living in her home and engaged in an intimate relationship with her not only smacks of unethical conduct for a judge but also points to a serious conflict of interest. Her deceitful response to the police in which she stated her relationship was "platonic" and her later admission,when filing for a protective order, that it was intimate causes one to pause about her association with an ex-con places her in a vulnerable and compromising position in significant ways. As a judge, her behavior and actions should be beyond reproach. However, it is apparent her actions have demonstrated flawed judgment which is of serious concern when she is in a position to make serious decisions about the fate of others lives when they stand before her in a courtroom. In a public role, her personal life becomes open to scrutiny of both her character and integrity. Though Daniel Patrick Connell,an attorney,may not have gone through a formal judicial vetting process,he served as a Marine which speaks volumes in regard to meeting rigorous standards of conduct along with possessing character and integrity. Creighton,on the other hand,who was initially selected by Governor O’Malley (D-MD) and was supposedly vetted, has failed to provide a good example of that process and draws into question the depth and quality surrounding it. Creighton appears to be a poor choice to continue in her role as a Circuit Court judge. The honorable thing for her to do would be to turn in her resignation. If she fails to do that, voters in Montgomery County should wisely bid her farewell. ***Karen L. Bune is a national criminal justice consultant and an adjunct profess at two universities

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2787
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Voters in Montgomery County, Maryland need to utilize good common sense when it comes time to vote for the judiciary in November. The history surrounding Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Audrey Creighton and her intimate involvement with a former client, Rickley Senning, who she represented as his public defender, is beyond salacious. Her association with a convict and the fact he was admittedly living in her home and engaged in an intimate relationship with her not only smacks of unethical conduct for a judge but also points to a serious conflict of interest. Her deceitful response to the police in which she stated her relationship was "platonic" and her later admission,when filing for a protective order, that it was intimate causes one to pause about her association with an ex-con places her in a vulnerable and compromising position in significant ways. As a judge, her behavior and actions should be beyond reproach. However, it is apparent her actions have demonstrated flawed judgment which is of serious concern when she is in a position to make serious decisions about the fate of others lives when they stand before her in a courtroom. In a public role, her personal life becomes open to scrutiny of both her character and integrity. Though Daniel Patrick Connell,an attorney,may not have gone through a formal judicial vetting process,he served as a Marine which speaks volumes in regard to meeting rigorous standards of conduct along with possessing character and integrity. Creighton,on the other hand,who was initially selected by Governor O’Malley (D-MD) and was supposedly vetted, has failed to provide a good example of that process and draws into question the depth and quality surrounding it. Creighton appears to be a poor choice to continue in her role as a Circuit Court judge. The honorable thing for her to do would be to turn in her resignation. If she fails to do that, voters in Montgomery County should wisely bid her farewell. ***Karen L. Bune is a national criminal justice consultant and an adjunct profess at two universities

Litigant

Comment #: MD2413
Rating:1.0
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This man does not listen to evidence as he has already made up his mind pre-trial. In a 4 day custody trial in which one party was already on supervised only access, this "judge" gave them partial custody! The party did not even ask for this! He was arrogant and nasty from the get go. He is clearly wanting to make a name for himself in the scenario of grandparents rights. Whoever put this pathetic excuse for a legal person on the bench should be labeled negligent.

How many cases has this incompetent fool butchered?

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2393
Rating:1.0
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He needs to retire. Incompetence is status quo here so long as he in MC. Moron at best is description for him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2352
Rating:2.3
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I forgot to mention how ARROGANT and INDIFFERENT and PRO_FATHER with custody issue Judge McGann is!
See comment of MD 1674 who gave more detail on how to get such an incompetent judge out of the bench.
I copy and past:
At least one of the commenters here (see, #941 suggested suggested filing a complaint about McGann with the Honorable Robert M. Bell, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. That is a good suggestion. However, a letter to the Honorable John W. Debelius III requesting that McGann receive no further case assignments until an investigation and assessment of his judicial performance to date be undertaken and completed might be a better option and one with quicker results beneficial to the citizens of Maryland and Montgomery County. In his position as Administrative Judge for the Sixth Circuit of Maryland, Judge Debelius is responsible for case assignments in the Montgomery County Circuit Court and, implicit in his responsibility in this regard, is an obligation to assign cases only to qualified judges. I trust that, if any of us decide to write Judge Debelius expressing our concerns about McGann's qualifications as a judge, Judge Debelius will maintain the confidentiality of our communication provided, of course, we ask him to do so.

Other

Comment #: MD2351
Rating:1.0
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UNFAIR even after reviewing the report from child protection agency which still helped me after the judgment which they are not taking in consideration. Not only this Judge did not do his job of protecting us but he humiliated with his poor, unfair harsh judgment giving a free pass to the other part to be a bully, violent with my kid with not even a warning! It seems that a lots of people rated him poorly!!! Not a coincidence!

Other

Comment #: MD2320
Rating:10.0
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Judge McGann could have let ASA John Costello work me over, when I had to show up for my pretrial hearing without an attorney, but he didn't. Judge McGann also pointed out, in open court, that Mr. Costello had withheld information from me about his intentions to move for a dismissal of my case. I am very grateful that Judge McGann was willing to listen to what I had to say, and was willing to verify it before ruling on Mr. Costello's bad-faith motion. Judge McGann was very generous in giving me extra time to finish attorney shopping, and I am very grateful to him for this.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2202
Rating:1.5
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This is the stupidest man on the bench, next to his sons.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2200
Rating:1.3
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To the person who posted comment #1933: you must be Irish Catholic. He's an idiot. And if you won, it wasn't because you're good.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2136
Rating:1.1
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Any time you have a politician -- a lazy politician -- on the bench, you get him.

Probation or Pretrial Officer

Comment #: MD1933
Rating:9.0
Comments:
I love Judge McGann. Straight and to the point; doesn't beat around the bush and sticks to the law. Respectful of others and has a good sense of humor. An excellent judge!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1866
Rating:1.0
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"McGann gives lip service to justice and should be derobed!" This sums up McGann nicely.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1833
Rating:1.0
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Wish there was a negative 0 rating. We all know he's a bad judge. Why? If he had a normal child displayed in open court - we'd be calling cps. But having a severely handicapped child displayed is ok w us as lawyers or citizens?? Omg. Think people. Someone call the cops on him please.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1674
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
At least one of the commenters here (see, #941 suggested suggested filing a complaint about McGann with the Honorable Robert M. Bell, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. That is a good suggestion. However, a letter to the Honorable John W. Debelius III requesting that McGann receive no further case assignments until an investigation and assessment of his judicial performance to date be undertaken and completed might be a better option and one with quicker results beneficial to the citizens of Maryland and Montgomery County. In his position as Administrative Judge for the Sixth Circuit of Maryland, Judge Debelius is responsible for case assignments in the Montgomery County Circuit Court and, implicit in his responsibility in this regard, is an obligation to assign cases only to qualified judges. I trust that, if any of us decide to write Judge Debelius expressing our concerns about McGann's qualifications as a judge, Judge Debelius will maintain the confidentiality of our communication provided, of course, we ask him to do so.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1663
Rating:1.0
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The comments below (#1662) are mine. I inadvertently failed to enter my ratings for this judge but have done so now.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1662
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
McGann's handling of three Petitions for Judicial Review of Agency Decisions evidence his ignorance, incompetence, indiffernce, indolence, bias, arrogance, and cowardice. McGann allowed his Administrative Assistant (a non-attorney) to write and sign scheduling orders on complex litigation involving Chapter 200 of Md. Rules governing the aforementioned petitions. When I contacted McGann's Administrative Assistant to express my concerns that her scheduling orders violated the Md. Rules, she advised me that I would have to file motions to have McGann consider reversing the unlawful scheduling orders. I filed two motions in this regard which McGann ignored and never ruled on before he summarily dismissed my petitions. The Court of Special Appeals subsequently reversed McGann and reinstated the petitions; whereupon, McGann directed the Clerk's Office to assign the petitions to another judge. This whole process took over three years and gives a whole new meaning to "justice delayed, justice denied!" McGann gives lip service to justice and should be derobed!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1546
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Same names keep popping up as most incompetent - he's on top. Seriously with so many incomps we should have an easier way of kicking them out. It's a job not taken seriously by idiots like him. So why not have a third strike and you're out. His salary can feed 100 families in MC for a year.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1418
Rating:1.3
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He belittles and berates parties and lawyers to make himself feel better. He ignores the facts in favor of his own personal bias. He is unable to put aside his own personal prejudices and beliefs and judge a case on its own merit. He is extremely harsh in the delivery of his opinions from the bench. He doesn't understand even the most basic aspects of the law and doesn't care about scientific evidence at all. He tells horrendous stories -- in court -- about his personal life in a lame effort to justify his decisions. I have seen him do this in a courtroom full of people, resulting in several of them exclaiming their astonishment that he got away with it. He appears to make up his mind before he even starts a case, choosing a favorite party right away and then exercising his authority in favor of that party throughout the trial. He is so nasty to parties that it is impossible to find anything respectful to say about him, which is a shame, because we are supposed to foster respect for our judges and the system. I have seen him disallow competent evidence because he had already made up his mind about the case. J. McGann is a fine example of why politics has no place in the appointment of judges. Even a judge with a low IQ and a poor grasp of the law can do a fair job if he is willing to listen to the facts and consider the law that we lawyers so often spoon feed to them. This judge is not willing to do either. He lacks the basic intelligence, judicial temperament, training, experience and human empathy necessary to do a minimally acceptable job.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1338
Rating:2.6
Comments:
No idea how Judge McGann got on the bench. Must have been a political appointment. Either he does not know the law at all or he does not care to follow it. He makes it very clear who he favors and will do whatever he can to cause the Plaintiff to win. Fortunately, his stupidity will give Defendants every appealable issue possible so it is not difficult to have a case remanded for new trial if you are a Defendant. One great example was when I impeached the Plaintiff's expert (on video) and the Plaintiff didn't even try to rehabilitate. Judge McGann excluded that portion of the video because I DIDN'T REHABILITATE THE PLAINTIFF'S WITNESS THAT I HAD JUST IMPEACHED. I wish I was kidding. He is unfair, incompetent, and will waste several days of your time giving you a joke of a trial after which you will have to spend a year getting your appeal and re-trying the entire case. If you are in front of him, I recommend you "get sick" and seek a continuance.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1305
Rating:6.5
Comments:
Aside from a few jokes (which can lighten the mood in court), I have found Judge McGann to be serious and thougtful from the bench. I disagree with many of the negative comments posted. He is not the worst judge, especially while Judge Rubin still sits.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1297
Rating:1.1
Comments:
He's not bright AT ALL. He should be retired because he will never resign.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1279
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Not fit on any measure to serve as judge in this court or any other. Quite possibly one of the top three boob judges in Maryland.

Other

Comment #: MD1269
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge went against the recommendation of the state and probation officers in court. Judge is not supposed to punish the juvenile as he is doing. He is clearly out of control and doesn’t follow procedure.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1246
Rating:2.3
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This judge is a pro-father/dad judge in child custody issues. He would do anything to side with a dad even if the person is lying through his teeth. This judge gave horns to my child's father and as a result my daughter went through emotional torture from her father. This was very dismantling for a child who only wanted to be loved by her father. Never seen such open favoritism by a judge whom we are all supposed to trust for fair hearings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1237
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst of the worst in Maryland. Can't think logically on the bench. Can't cite relevant cases unless written down - like a cheat sheet - by his clerks for him IN ADVANCE. Lazy and entitled little man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1173
Rating:3.4
Comments:
This man has no business on the bench. I fear he may be unbalanced. I can say with certainty that he is the worst sort of hip shooter. He is not smart, either. More troubling, though, is his brazen favoritism towards Catholics. I have appeared before him and watched him adjudicate matters from the gallery and in this century, his constant open commentary about people's religion, origins of their names etc. is very disturbing. Get a lawyer with a Catholic last name. I now always make sure I get one on my team if I'm appearing before this man. I've seen him banter with jurors about their good Irish catholic names in open court. I first started paying attention to this issue with him, which I'd previously dismissed as just a quirk, when I had clients figure out that he was in the same church as my opponent & actively working on church mgmt issues with the guy (they and obviously hit the roof over his failure to mention the tie). The only positive thing I can say is he is generally not openly nasty to lawyers. Stay away if you can.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1152
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He is a failure in the law. Avoid him at all costs!! It would be malpractice not to at least try to avoid this man in a robe. This has become the sad truth with many MC judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1099
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He's jaw dropping - out of bounds, terrible judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1055
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I've been before McGann on a few occasions over the last year+... Cannot speak to the personal attacks on his resume/personality, but I found him to be even-handed and respectful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1035
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Cannot help but respect this no-nonsense judge. Understanding the general sentiments about Judge McGann being harsh on the defense, I think it is very important that the Bench maintains judges who do not "hover in the grey area." I have appeared in front of McGann a number of times and he has been fair to my clients.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1033
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Mr. Prosecutor - your comment only adds to the prevailing reputation of McGann of being bias -- that he was nothing more than an inept political appointment. You and your office I am sure will be sad if McGann resigns or retires - hopefully sooner than ever. Until then enjoy the easy ride of locking people up without much thought to the rules, procedure and Constitutional protections afforded the American public. McGann's a moron - right there with "judge" Johnson.
Notwithstanding the above- I have no doubt that when there is a defense attorney with more political clout than your office - you are more likely to offer a fabulous plea to take it away from McGann's lack of "good" judgment.

Prosecutor

Comment #: MD1029
Rating:10.0
Comments:
After decades of experience in private practice, McGann’s decision to serve the people of Montgomery County has been a blessing to the State; degenerates and whiney defense attorneys excluded. MoCo is lucky to have McGann keeping the streets free of criminal scum and the courts free from frivolous lawsuits.

Other

Comment #: MD953
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A very wise man stated, "Good judges 'divorce' their beliefs and views from their decisions." What happened to "judge" McGann--

Other

Comment #: MD934
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He his the meanest judge/person I have ever seen. He decides cases before they are heard. I really feel sorry for anyone that comes before him. He is very arrogant and like others have said, if he knows the lawyer trying the case, you stand a better chance. He convicted my 19 year old son to 15 years for a first offence robbery in which he did not posess a weapon and no one was hurt; saying he was going to do what other courts would not do prior to handing him this lengthy unreasonable sentence. He is a very mean man.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD875
Rating:1.0
Comments:
the last reviewer was over kind.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD477
Rating:1.7
Comments:
The Judge appeared to take the bench with his mind made up on a dispositive issue that had neither been raised or briefed by either party. And appears to have made up his mind without the benefit of any research, since his decision was absolutely contrary to 50 years of very clear case law on the issue. He did not want to hear why he might be wrong. I suspect even the successful attorney was left stunned by the Judge's action, for it absolutely guaranteed an appeal.

Note: I was not an attonrey or party involved in the case, so I have no axe to grind. I did, however, read the transcript after I heard about this, since it was an area of the law in which I practice.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD445
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Very typical blue blood in Montgomery County. Knowing him is to win. Law matters none. Is it age or what, but how many judges can get away with sexist comments in open court. Status quo in Montogmery County.