Hon. Toni E. Clarke See Rating Details
Associate Circuit Judge
Circuit Court
Prince George's County
7th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.9 - 14 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 1 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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What others have said about Hon. Toni E. Clarke


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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2912
Rating:10.0
Comments:
As an alumnus of American University and a 2011 AU alumni award recipient, as a professional with a long career in the criminal justice system, and as an Adjunct Professor at two universities, I am appalled at the behavior of Montgomery County, Maryland Judge Audrey Creighton. Her association with a convicted felon, Rickley Senning, who she represented as a public defender coupled with her live-in, intimate relationship with him is outrageous.

Allegedly, she is the victim of kidnapping and assault by the 24-year-old convict. Though she may have been victimized and undeservedly so, she precipitated her own victimization by her egregiously poor choice of association. The conflicting versions regarding her relationship with Senning that she relayed to the police and to the Commissioner, when she was seeking a protective order, cast serious doubt on her veracity.

Creighton’s conduct clearly violates the ethical standards that are relevant to her position on the bench. Moreover, she has demonstrated excessively poor judgment combined with a total lack of common sense.

Creighton is also a disgrace to American University’s Washington College of Law, and she tarnishes the reputation of the university with her behavior. She is no model to emulate and certainly doesn't need to be teaching aspiring law students. With her marked demonstration of excessively poor judgment, it is disconcerting to realize that she decides the fate of others lives much less tries to instill knowledge and principles to American University law students when, obviously, she lacks them herself.

Actions speak louder than words. Creighton’s actions have proven she is a disgrace to the legal profession, to the judiciary, to the criminal justice system as a whole and to American University. Undeniably, she leaves a black mark on the reputation of all these entities.

With an upcoming primary election on June 24, 2014 in which voters in Montgomery County must cast their vote for a judicial candidate, they need to oust Creighton off the bench and put her out to pasture rather than elect her for a 15-year term. Her actions have produced serious consequences and cast tremendous doubt on her ability to serve. She needs to go.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2854
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is fundamental to our legal system that our laws be interpreted by a competent, fair, honorable, and independent judiciary. Such a judiciary is essential to the American concept of
justice. She lacks non of the attributes.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2786
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Toni is a ReallY Good Judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2776
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Love her!!!

Other

Comment #: MD2740
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I'm incline to think that the majority of the Prince George's County judges and the clerks need to be thoroughly investigated. I was under the impression the Judges which are suppose to be objective parties in the cases they preside over. It appears that the judges basically always ruled in favor the CORPORATE attorneys and the rights of the general public citizens do not stand a fair chance. Much shenanigans are going on in the Circuit Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2679
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Judicial system in Maryland should be ashamed of having this individual on the bench in P.G County. She is too naive and lazy to read and decide Motions judiciously before her. Two of the best qualities for a judge are knowledge of the law and good judicial temperament. She has neither.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD2612
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Love her!

Court Staff

Comment #: MD2359
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I believe the only thing this judge can do is sit in chambers and dismiss motions because she is too incompetent and incapable of proceeding over them.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1916
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Worst judge ever.

Other

Comment #: MD1583
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am actually surprised that this person is still employed! She presided over my case, child custody, and as a result of her ruling, my child ended up a delinquent throughout high school and not much more than a person who uses the "system". Needless to mention the inappropriate touching of my minor child that was overlooked by this so-called judge. this and many other incidents included school principle testimony that fell on deaf ears. I cannot fathom how THIIS or any judge would rule on a parent who resides in a mental men's shelter, lives off the "system", and collects SSI and works under the table. This ruling did nothing more than send a message, loud and clear, to my daughter that she DOES NOT have to work for a living because the State/county will support you. For whatever reason, facts were ignored and now my child is of adult age and a non-contributing person to society...just like her father. THANK YOU JUDGE CLARK..Karmic debt is not a desirable thing, however, you, I am sure as evident by other's posts, have built up a major karmic debt.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1425
Rating:2.6
Comments:
Tried a commercial case before her. Had a COS case on point that she ignored and then refused to admit copies of cancelled checks as "they could have been reversed" and ruled against me, then took us into chambers and talked my client into settling what was a clear case client should have won with clear precedent on their side. Opposing party was a builder.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1166
Rating:1.1
Comments:
There should be a concerted move to stop this woman getting into the CSA. I see her name on the pool of candidates for that court, and that is alarming.

You know, some of those eloquently-written and well-reasoned decisions you read in law school were written by trial judges. Keep that in mind when next you think of Toni Clarke, and wonder how the standards could have fallen so low. She clearly was a mediocre student and attorney who somehow got on the bench because of the corrupt nature in which judges are appointed. To compound that by appointing her to an appellate court would be disastrous for a profession we love so much.

In fact, well-meaning attorneys should write her and urge her to reconsider her application.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1129
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have been in this business a long time. I often wonder: how can one judge be so bad for so long? More than a decade on the bench, and she has not improved one bit. I remember when she first joined the bench. It's obvious she could not have made it as a private practitioner. Two of the best qualities for a judge are knowledge of the law and good judicial temperament. She has neither. She is impertinent, rude, impatient and clueless. I wish we had a way to vote to remove judges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1110
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Literally the least competent judge on that bench. 'Nuff said.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD1070
Rating:1.9
Comments:
If 10-2 were a full work day she would be great.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1061
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Last Judge to get on bench. The first one to leave.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD885
Rating:1.3
Comments:
The woman could not have actually passed the bar.