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Also Announces Revised Discovery and Disclosure Process

(Baltimore, MD - September 18, 2023) - Today, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates republished the “Do Not Call” (DNC) List on the Office of State’s Attorney for Baltimore City’s (BCSAO) website, building upon his continued mission to ensure a transparent and accountable city agency. The DNC List includes those police officers who have engaged in conduct that renders their potential testimony in court unreliable or non-credible. 

“As State’s Attorney, my priority is to obtain justice fairly and equitably for everyone involved. Taking the time to review the prior administration’s ‘Do Not Call’ List and make the necessary updates to ensure accuracy is an essential step in my mission of transparency for the State’s Attorney’s Office,” said State’s Attorney Ivan J. Bates. “Undoubtedly, our officers put their lives on the line daily to shoulder the immense responsibility of keeping our communities safe and helping residents in need with honor and integrity. The few in uniform who gamble with the credibility of their department and the integrity of my prosecutors’ cases must be identified for the sake of accountability. I do not take the obligation of assessing the credibility of each and every witness on behalf of the state lightly, and the republishing of this list is evidence of that.”

The BCSAO has established new protocols that will guide how an officer is determined to be eligible for the DNC List:

  • Any officer with a “sustained” finding, otherwise known as formal charges, filed through an Internal Affairs matter that implicates them based on evidence of behavior related to truthfulness, such as theft or false statement, will be placed on the DNC List. 
  • Allegations and findings based on this type of behavior call into question an officer's credibility to testify truthfully.
  • Any officer with a pending criminal charge or criminal conviction for something that calls into question that officer's credibility to testify truthfully will be placed on the DNC List.
  • At the State’s Attorney’s discretion, he may determine that an officer will not be called to testify based on evidence of behavior that calls into question the officer’s propensity to be truthful. 
    • Under these circumstances, he will contact the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department or his designee to inform them of the determination before publication.
  • The State’s Attorney, or his designee, may remove an officer from the DNC List if, after consideration of the facts and circumstances that gave rise to placing the officer on the DNC List, it is determined that the officer is sufficiently reliable. 
    • This might occur if an officer who was charged, either internally, through BPD internal affairs, or criminally, pursued the due process available to them and is successful by a finding of not guilty or the equivalent. 
  • BCSAO Assistant State’s Attorneys will not call any DNC List officers for testimony.

During the 2021 Maryland Legislative Session, the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) was amended to allow prosecutors to release “Do Not Call” List information publicly. The law, known as Anton’s Law, was enacted on October 1, 2021. 

The Office of State’s Attorney for Baltimore City’s “Do Not Call” List is available here.

The BCSAO also worked with the Office of the Public Defender to determine a more streamlined and legally sound process of ensuring that required discovery notices and information related to an officer who is alleged or proven to have credibility issues are provided to defendants and defense counsel, as soon as it is known to our office. The revised process will begin implementation this week.