Hon. M. Brooke Murdock See Rating Details
Associate Judge
Circuit Court
Baltimore City County
8th Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.9 - 10 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. M. Brooke Murdock


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD2174
Rating:9.6
Comments:
Judge Murdock was one of only two judges in the Baltimore Circuit who were willing to take on Attorney Thomas Dore and his gang of thieves, who ran a foreclosure RICO operation in Maryland. Other judges just looked the other way.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1536
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Comment from below: "She is willing to rule on the law even when such an opinion may be unpopular or controversial." Translated this means she is a dangerous activist judge who distorts, misinterprets and misapplies the law and should be treated as such, which means removed from th bench forthwith. Also, a hypocrite. Lambastes attorneys for being late but was regularly reprimanded by her former supervisor as an attorney for chronic tardiness, often arriving to the office 1 1/2 hours late with her hair still wet from the shower. She thinks we have forgotten, but we know who she really is, an insecure small minded hypocrite who treats others badly and suffers from black robe disease.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1371
Rating:6.9
Comments:
I really hate to say this, but Murdock is a solid judge. She's fair, intelligent and works hard. On the other hand, she is by far the most unpleasant judge to appear before in this State (shares this honor with Wanda Heard, Alfred Nance, Sherrie Krauser and Judith Ensor). If you let her smell blood, get ready to bend over and take it. Always show up prepared or she will destroy your soul.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD1290
Rating:1.0
Comments:
DEVIL IN A BLK ROBE THAT WILL. HVE TO ANSWER TO THE HIGHEST OF THE HIGH!! VERY DISTESPECTFUL BULLY WHO GOES WAY ABOVE THE LAW BY PUTTING PPL DWN LOWER THAN A FOOT PRINT! HATEFUL LADY PURE HATEFUL.

Other

Comment #: MD1216
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Murdock is a biased judge who is more concerned about getting people that she knows the verdict that she wants. I observed her go to an opposed party, with whom she was familiar with the lawyer, over someone who was not represented, yet had all the evidence and witnesses for a vicious crime against her. I knew it was going to go bad from her from the start when her face lite up seeing the defendant's lawyer and she greeted her excitingly. The justice system fails by still employing this woman. And for the positive reviews on the bottom, you probably feel that way because you are one of the lawyers she tends to favor.

Prosecutor

Comment #: MD1013
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Murdock is precisely the type of judge that causes people to have a lack of respect for and lack of faith in the judicial system. She is an intolerant bully who, because she has a black robe, thinks she is much smarter than she actually is. I am not certain who the people are who wrote the positive reviews. The fact is that this judge is universally held in low regard.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD988
Rating:5.8
Comments:
Difficult and bossy but can be reasonable regarding plea negotiations. Is often very rude.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: MD985
Rating:1.9
Comments:
This Judge is in love with being a judge. She is not very smart, but thinks she is-the most dangerous type of judge. She made a ridiculous ruling in our case and was overturned on appeal by the CSA. Very stubborn even when the law is laid out in front of her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD834
Rating:9.5
Comments:
My only appearance before Judge Murdock involved my clients' oppositions to Motions to Dismiss filed by multiple defendants. Judge Murdock issued a well-reasoned decision to dismiss some counts while granting leave to amend others. Counsels for all parties agreed that she had made a proper ruling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: MD378
Rating:9.7
Comments:
Judge Murdock is an exceptionally scholarly judge. She is hardworking, formal, punctual, and most of all well-prepared. Her intelligence combined with her background in private civil litigation makes her one of the best judges for handling complex legal issues. She is also an experienced criminal attorney (prosecution and defense). Her decisions in all matters are very fair and on target.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: MD39
Rating:9.3
Comments:
I have appeared before Judge Murdock on numerous occasions. I have also appeared before numerous other judges throughout the State. Judge Murdock is one of the most prepared and intelligent judges in the State. She is willing to rule on the law even when such an opinion may be unpopular or controversial.