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In this episode of 2 BMore, Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates reflects on his first 100 days in office, the hurdles, the expectations, and the reality of reducing violent crime in the city. Read more.

"Trauma isn't always the bullet that may pierce the physical body. Trauma is what the children are seeing, what they're going through, what they're living in every single day," Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates said. "My hope and goal as state's attorney is to make sure that we don't have these young children eventually coming through the criminal justice system." Read more. 

“I hope this indictment motivates victims to come forward regardless of how much time has passed or who the perpetrator is. No one is above accountability,” said State’s Attorney Ivan Bates in the news release. “I applaud my Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit for securing this indictment and beginning the pursuit of justice for the victims. I also thank Maryland State Police for their partnership and essential collaboration in this case.” Read more. 

Lenny Epps, 43, was convicted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and three counts of use of a handgun in the Commission of a Crime of Violence. Read more. 

Bates pushed for the bill throughout the legislative session, his first as Baltimore’s top prosecutor. He told lawmakers the proposal would raise the stakes for people who illegally carry guns by creating the threat of more serious prison time. Read more.

In a news release Friday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates announced the guilty verdict in the 2021 killing of 30-year-old Breonna Rogers, among several wins by his prosecutors in court this week. Read more.

Malachi Lawson died more than a week after suffering burns so severe that his mother, Alicia Lawson, and her spouse, Shatika Lawson, told police they saw his skin floating in the bathtub. Read more. 

Sgt. Ethan Newberg pleaded guilty to the common law crime, which doesn’t have a maximum penalty so long as the punishment is not “cruel and unusual,” and will be sentenced in August, a State’s Attorney’s Office spokesperson said. Read more.

Baltimore City Community College’s class of 2023 is honored to announce Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates as this year’s commencement speaker scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, at 10a.m. at the Lyric Performing Arts Center. Read more. 

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office made the announcement just over two weeks after it publicly stated that two other city officers had been indicted in separate cases of assault and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Read more.