What began as a matter of a few hundred dollars in restitution from a teenager who shot a bunch of marbles with his paintball gun into a car has exploded into a request for a panel of Anne Arundel County judges to condemn their colleague’s handling of the case.

Lawyers from around the state, including Maryland’s chief public defender and officers of a criminal defense lawyers group, have lined up behind Annapolis attorney G. Andrew Cochran and against Circuit Judge Paul G. Goetzke, whose election last November on a tough-on-crime stance rankled many in the local defense bar.

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