When he finally left, she said she grabbed her girls — clamping a hand over their mouths, afraid the man was still in the building — and crawled up the hall stairs to a neighbor's apartment, where she first called her father, and then, on his advice, the police. She sobbed on the stand as she recounted this. Read more
Prosecutorial discretion and immigrants
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a point: Prosecutors shouldn't treat alleged criminals any differently based on their immigration status. In an ideal world, they would pursue charges and seek sentences based solely on the nature of the crime, not who committed it.
But the reason why some prosecutors, including Baltimore's Marilyn Mosby, are thinking twice when they charge immigrants with minor crimes is that the Trump administration's policies effectively violate that principle. Read more
Junior State's Attorney program returns for 3rd year
BALTIMORE - The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office is teaming up with Mayor’s office of employment to give Baltimore teens jobs this summer.
The Baltimore City Junior State’s Attorney Program is back for a third year. Students who are selected will also be part of Youth Works and paid for their time. Read more
Sun Editorial: Md. court rules that protect serial rapists over victims must be changed
Shatia Lansdowne-Ware says she was raped. I can tell you that because she said it in court. Specifically, according to a recording of her trial testimony, that a man broke into her Baltimore home as she slept in the small hours of Nov. 10, 2011, tied her up, threatened to kill her and raped her — her two young daughters asleep in the next bedroom.
Marilyn Mosby, with growing coalition, pushes sexual assault legislation for fourth year
As an upstart candidate for Baltimore state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby went to Annapolis in 2013 pushing a bill to help prosecute repeat sex offenders. Filed late in the session, it had just one sponsor and went nowhere.
This year, Mosby is back for a fourth try, with passage in the Senate last year under her belt and now counting the support of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who adopted the bill this year as part of his legislative package on crime. Read more
Hogan proposes bipartisan anti-crime initiative
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has rounded up bipartisan support for an anti-crime initiative designed to crack down on repeat sex and drunken-driving offenders, address sex trafficking and support crime victims with transitional housing.
Mosby, who has long advocated for the proposal, said she was grateful to Hogan and Brochin for taking up the cause this year. She mentioned several cases in which prosecutors were prohibited from introducing testimony from previous victims after charging individuals who had been repeatedly accused of sexual assaults, including a Baltimore man who won acquittal four times before finally being convicted. Read more