by Katherine O. Rizzo

In the summer of 2008, after receiving a cease and desist letter, human and equine massage therapist Mercedes Clemens sued the Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

On May 5, 2009, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton suspended the hearing against the Board, strongly urging the Board to rethink its position and policy, and giving them until June 2 to do so.

On May 14, the Board met for its monthly, open meeting. In attendance were two reporters (this reporter and Steve Lash for The Daily Record), former senator Paula Hollinger and Mercedes’ attorney, Paul Sherman from the Institute for Justice. When the Board reached this item on its agenda, it closed the meeting, throwing the reporters, as well as the senator and the lawyer, out of the room, so that they could “discuss the issue and make a final decision.”

After 30 minutes, the lawyer, senator and reporters were allowed back into the room, only to be told that the Board had received some sort of mysterious “new information” which needed further discussion and that they would present a written statement “at a future time.”

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