“It was important to have somebody who was willing to look at it from both sides, and Marilyn Mosby fit the bill.”
To say that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has a tough job ahead of her is an understatement. Not only is Mosby the youngest chief prosecutor in a major U.S. city, she’s only been on the job in Baltimore for 4 months!
The 35-year-old was handed the case on Thursday and Mosby asked the public to “trust the process of the justice system”.
“She’s in an unenviable position,” Baltimore defense attorney Warren Brown told the Daily News. “This city will burn if she doesn’t indict. Her career would be over. But looking at what we know so far, I just don’t see an indictable offense.”
But others in Baltimore seem to think she’s quite capable of doing the job.
“She has a natural affinity for police officers and law enforcement types, and at the same time, she is aware of the incredible number of complaints against the Baltimore City police department,” said Richard Woods, a Baltimore-based attorney whose practice is primarily criminal defense work.
Woods has known Mosby for years and supported her in her campaign for state’s attorney. “It was important to have somebody who was willing to look at it from both sides, and Marilyn Mosby fit the bill.”
The former insurance company attorney is leading an independent investigation of the officers involved in Gray’s death on April 19. She has not said when she might decide if she will pursue charges.
She has spoken out against police officers numerous times. During her campaign for state’s attorney, in response to a Baltimore Sun investigation of allegations of police beatings, she said: “Police brutality is completely inexcusable. I’m going to apply justice fairly, even to those who wear a badge.”
Mosby is a mother of two daughters who met her future husband while she was studying political science at the historically black Tuskegee University in Alabama. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, was raised by a single mother, and has law enforcement in her blood.
“My grandfather, my uncles, my mother, my father — I have five generations of police officers. I know that the majority of police officers are really hard-working officers who are risking their lives day in and day out, but those really bad ones who go rogue do a disservice to the officers who are risking their lives and taking time away from their families,” she told Baltimore Magazine in January, when she started her tenure as state’s attorney.
Mosby has a whole entire country now watching her every move.
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