May 22, 2003

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 407 - Courts - Criminal Cases - State's Right of Appeal.

This bill authorizes the State to appeal from a final judgment in a criminal case if the State alleges that the trial judge imposed or modified a sentence in violation of the Maryland Rules.

House Bill 333, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 407.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.