Today we continue our series of Conversations with the Candidates with Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby. She is running for re-election in the Democratic primary that takes place on the 26th of this month. Early voting begins on Thursday. She is opposed by two other candidates, Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah. The winner of the primary will run unopposed in the general election.
Marilyn Mosby drew international attention when she indicted six Baltimore police officers in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray in 2015. None of those indictments resulted in a conviction, but Ms. Mosby points to a 95% conviction rate to date for her office overall. The State’s Attorney’s office prosecuted more than 41,000 cases last year.
In addition to the violence that rocked Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, the city's police department has been in nearly constant turmoil since Marilyn Mosby was elected in 2014. There have been four police commissioners in the past 3 1/2 yrs. The city and the police department are under a consent decree with the Department of Justice. And eight members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force were convicted of running an extensive criminal enterprise. The leader of the GTTF was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Wednesday. Of the more than 2000 criminal cases associated with the convicted officers, the State's Attorney's office reports that 220 cases have already been dismissed.
Ms. Mosby oversees a staff of 400 + employees -- including more than 200 attorneys. Her annual salary is the highest of any Baltimore City official. She received a Presidential Scholarship from Tuskegee University where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. She holds a law degree from the Boston College Law School. She is 38 years old. She is married to 40th District Delegate Nick Mosby, and they live in Reservoir Hill with their two daughters.
Tom's conversation with Ms. Mosby, like all his previous interviews with candidates in the June 26 primary, is Live-Streamed on WYPR's Facebook page. In the second and third segments of the show, we also take listener calls and comments.
Visit our Conversations with the Candidates page to listen to all our interviews with the contenders for Baltimore City State's Attorney, Governor, Baltimore County Executive and other key seats in the June 26th Maryland primary.