Baltimore’s state’s attorney steps into the spotlight

Marilyn Mosby steps into the spotlight as the state presses charges against six cops responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state’s attorney, pauses while speaking during a press conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. Mosby, 35, stepped into her role as state’s attorney in January. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state’s attorney, pauses while speaking during a press conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. Mosby, 35, stepped into her role as state’s attorney in January. (Alex Brandon/AP)

BALTIMORE (MEDIA GENERAL) – Yes, Marilyn Mosby is 35 years old and has been on the job for just four months. But anyone who knows her, knows she can handle the high-profile case set before her.

On Friday, Mosby, Baltimore’s state’s attorney – the youngest top prosecutor of any major city in the United States – announced the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide and a host of charged have been filed against six Baltimore police officers responsible for Gray’s death.


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Mosby comes from a law enforcement family, but has taken a tough stance on police brutality, a major rallying point for Baltimore residents long before Gray’s suspicious death.

“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,” Mosby told Baltimore Magazine in January.

While campaigning for state’s attorney, Mosby said, “Police brutality is completely inexcusable. I’m going to apply justice fairly, even those who wear a badge.”

For those who know her, that’s what made her a great fit for her new 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,” Richard Woods, a Baltimore-based defense attorney and campaign supporter, told NBC News. “It was important to have (a state’s attorney) who was willing to look at it from both sides, and Marilyn Mosby fit the bill.”

Mosby, a married mother of two, got her first stint in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office after she graduated from Boston College Law School in 2005. She served as assistant State’s Attorney from 2006 to 2011, when she left to work as field counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance. In 2013, she announced her intentions to run as the Democratic candidate for State’s Attorney for the city of Baltimore and defeated incumbent Gregg Bernstein with 55 percent of the vote.


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