(born April 5, 1943) is an American attorney, real estate broker, former state legislator, political activist, and sports heckler. Ficker ran forMontgomery County Executivein the 2018 election.
Ficker was born inTakoma Park, Maryland, attended Takoma Park Elementary,1and graduated fromMontgomery Blair High School.2
Ficker attended theUnited States Military Academyfor five semesters.3He received a B.S. in electrical and mechanical engineering fromCase Institute of Technology.3Ficker attended theUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, receiving hisJDfrom theUniversity of BaltimoreSchool of Law.4Ficker also received an M.A. in public administration fromAmerican Universityin 1969.3
Ficker has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1973.5His first case went to the Supreme Court of the United States seeking to end the National Football Leagues blackout of sold out home football games.6In 1973 Ficker, representing Deborah Drudge, gained a consent judgment signed by Federal District Court Judge Roszel C. Thomsen, forbidding evaluations based on facial features and physique, for positions in the office of the Montgomery County Attorney. The judgment said no future applicant could be asked any questions regarding marital status or child care arrangements. On January 6, 1986, U. S. District Court Judge Norman Ramsey, ordered, in a suit brought by Robin Ficker against the Montgomery County Board of Elections, that Md. Election Code Art. 33, S 23-5(4) limiting the payment of money to petition circulators for initiative measures be declared null and void under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Ficker won two landmark injunctions preventing the state of Maryland from denying access to serious traffic and criminal court records. In 1992 U.S. District Court Judge Nickerson granted Ficker an injunction against provisions of the Maryland Public Information Act that denied access to police reports, criminal charging documents, and traffic citations in the Maryland Automated Traffic System. A 2003 Attorneys General opinion said the 1992 Ficker order is still in effect and enforceable. In 1997, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Ficker successfully challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland law forbidding lawyers from targeted direct-mail solicitation of criminal and traffic defendants within thirty days of arrest.7
In October 2009, represented by theAmerican Civil Liberties Union, Ficker convinced parks officials in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties to rescind enforcement of a rule requiring a permit before a person could carry signs or solicit signatures in county parks.8In 2013, Ficker represented a Hyattsville, MD man who was found not guilty by a jury of all 23 counts in a case of attempted murder, armed robbery, carjacking, assault and eluding police among other charges.9
In 2013, Ficker received widespread attention for securing school suspension reversals and disciplinary record expungement for children, ages 5- to 7-years old. A 6-year-old in Maryland had been charged with threatening to shoot a student for pointing his finger and saying pow.10A Pennsylvania 5-year-old was said to be making a terroristic threat by talking about a Hello Kitty bubble-blowing gun.11A Virginia 6-year-old had been suspended for pointing his finger at another student who pretended to shoot him with a bow and arrow after their class had studied Native American culture.1213A 5-year-old Southern Maryland child had been suspended for 10 days for bringing a cap gun on to a school bus to show a friend.14Still pending in Maryland is the matter of a suspended 7-year-old who chewed a toaster pastry into the shape of a gun.15
When ex-convict Daron Dylon Wint was arrested and charged in the deaths of three family members and their housekeeper, in which a ten-year-old child was tortured in order to extract money from the childs father, Ficker said Wint didnt seem violent when he defended him in earlier cases. My impression of him I remember him rather well is that he wouldnt hurt a fly. Hes a very nice person, Ficker said.16
Ficker characterized Wint as kind and gentle, and added that authorities have arrested the wrong guy in the murder case, claiming, Theyve made a big mistake here.17
Ficker has run for various state and local offices since the 1970s. In 1972, he ran for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives inMarylands 8th congressional district, blanketingMontgomery Countywith Our Friend Ficker campaign signs on utility poles, trees and traffic lights, which resulted in county officials seeking an injunction to stop the placement of these signs on public property.181920He lost the Democratic primary to Joseph G. Anastasi.21
In 1978, Ficker was elected to theMaryland House of Delegatesas a Republican, representingMontgomery Countyfrom 1979 to 1983.22He lost a 1980 primary to incumbent Republican CongressmanNewton Steers.22Ficker lost his bid for re-election to Annapolis in 1982.23
He ran for U.S. Senate in 2000, claiming to have shaken hands with more than 560,000 people before officially announcing his candidacy.424Ficker unsuccessfully ran forMontgomery County Executive in 2006receiving just under 10% of the vote.25
In 2009, Ficker moved from his primary residence in Boyds to his childhood home inColesvilleto run for County Council in District 4 where he won a three-way Republican primary with 58% of the vote.26He lost to DemocratNancy Navarro61% to 35%.27Moving back to Boyds in 2010, Ficker ran as a Republican for Montgomery County Council District 2.3Ficker lost to State DelegateCraig L. Rice(D-Dist. 15), ofGermantown59% to 40%.28
Ficker was a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary for the newly redistrictedMarylands 6th congressional districtseat held by 10-term incumbentRoscoe Bartlett,29finishing fifth in an eight-candidate field.30
Ficker ran unopposed for the 2014 Republican nomination for the District 15 State Senate seat in western Montgomery County.31Running with his son Flynn Ficker on a candidate slate for the Maryland Senate and House, the Fickers in May reported visiting 20,000 homes.32Ficker lost the District 15 State Senate election to DemocratBrian J. Feldman, who won 60.4% of the vote to Fickers 39.5%,33while his son lost his contest for the House election.34
In 2016, Ficker was again a candidate in a Republican primary, but this time forMarylands 6th congressional district. He finished fourth in an eight-candidate field.3536
Ficker won the2018 Republican nomination for Montgomery County Executiveunopposed.137He was initially turned down for public matching funds. His campaign filed a lawsuit and was later notified it qualified for the public funding shortly after the primary.38Ficker facedand Democrat-turned-in the general election on November 6, 2018. Ficker finished third with 16.5% of the votes, behind Floreen with 19.2% and the winner, Elrich, with 64.3%.39
Since 1974, Ficker has become known for promoting a series of ballot initiatives. The issues range from term limits, curbing tax increases, to limiting budget waste and duplication.40He collected as many as 15,000 signatures for each of 20 initiatives, that together received 2 million votes.4142
A county initiative he proposed for the November 2008 ballot received 194,151 votes, prevailing by 5,060 votes.43The measure requires the nine-member Montgomery County Council to vote unanimously to raise property tax revenue above the local limit.44The victory earned him theLibertarian PartysFree Market Hero of the week award.45
In the fall of 2015, Ficker began campaigning for a ballot measure in the 2016 general election to place term limits on the Montgomery County Executive and Montgomery County Council members.4647In 2016, Fickers term limit initiative passed with 69% of the vote, limiting County Councilmembers to three consecutive terms in office.48
Ficker is known for his passionate support of the NBAsWashington Bullets(now the Washington Wizards). For many years, he heckled the opposing team at the games. Ficker had seats atUSAir Arena, located in Landover, MD immediately behind the visiting bench. When the team moved to downtown in Washington D.C. to theMCI Center, the Wizards took the opportunity to reseat Ficker well away from the opposing teams bench. He gave up his seats in response.49Not having been to a Wizards game since in April 1998,50Ficker attended Game 4 of theWizards-Pacers Eastern Conference Semifinalson May 11, 2014.51
Though many players from opposing teams were not fans of Ficker,52Phoenix SunsstarCharles Barkleyin particular thought so much of him and his ability to get under players skin that he flew him out to Phoenix during the1993 NBA Finals. Barkley bought Ficker a ticket directly behind the bench of the visitingChicago Bullswith the intent that Fickers taunts would distract the Bulls players. Ficker did not last the first quarter before being removed byAmerica West Arenasecurity.53
In 2012 Ficker appeared onThe Jeff Probst Showin which he was playfully surprised by special guestIsiah Thomas, former professional basketball player, and Basketball Hall of Fame athlete. Probst shares that Thomas, in agreeing to appear on the show said, Ficker was one of the greats.54In 2013 Ficker was featured onESPNsOlbermannin which his heckling was discussed along with the often acrimonious fan vs. player interactions that would result.55
TheUniversity of Marylandwrestling team won Fickers support in 201056with his letter toThe Washington Postcriticizing the lack of coverage for the Terrapin team57and his attendance at theAtlantic Coast ConferenceTournament in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as theNCAADivision I Wrestling Championship in Omaha, Nebraska.58His vocal59and visible support remains ongoing as of 2015.60
Ficker has a daughter and two sons. Fickers daughter,Desiree Ficker, is a top female professional triathlete, finishing second at the 2006 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.61Fickers 20-year marriage to the late Dr. Frances Annette Ficker ended in divorce.62
In 1996, Ficker was acquitted of destruction of property in a 1995 traffic incident and saw battery charges dropped by the States Attorney after a jury deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquittal. Ficker had been convicted in a non-jury District Court trial but appealed for aCircuit Courtjury trial.6364In the traffic incident the driver of the car Ficker allegedly hit reported that he struck her in the face, breaking her glasses.65
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