The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City would like to congratulate Assistant State's Attorney Charles Blomquist for being the newly elected Vice President of the Baltimore City Bar Association. Blomquist has been a member of our Homicide unit for 10 years.
The Most Interesting Man of the SAO, Charles Blomquist
What’s more thrilling: jumping out of a C-130 jet , surviving a bloodless coup in Fiji, or delivering closing arguments in a capital murder case? It is hard enough to find someone to speak to one of those experiences; but Charles Blomquist— possibly the most interesting man of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office had an answer.
“They’re like my children. I love them all equally and differently.” Blomquist, an Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to the Homicide Unit, said.
Male Skirts, Military Coups & Race Horses
Blomquist was assigned to Fiji for his U.S. Peace Corps mission shortly after his college graduation. The 23 year old Blomquist rode a retired race horse throughout Fiji teaching local businessmen accounting practices and other business procedures.
He was well liked by the locals, and was even known to wear traditional Fijian garb. Blomquist’s sulu—in Western culture—would commonly be identified as a male skirt. The time Blomquist spent on the islands was not all fun and games however. In 1987, civil unrest led to what Blomquist described as a “blood-less coup.”
“It happened shortly before we first got there. We were holed up in the Sound Pacific Grand Hotel for weeks.” Blomquist said.
The Global War on Terrorism
After his stint in Fiji ended, he joined the Army Reserves. Four years later he received a commission to become an Army Officer. In the civilian world, Blomquist joined the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2001 after receiving his JD from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and clerking for Judge Byrnes.
He was later deployed to Afghanistan in 2004; then to Iraq during the 2007/2008 “surge”; and finally he was deployed again to Afghanistan in 2010 where he served as a liaison to the Afghan military.
“As a Civil Affairs officer, we were in charge of ‘winning the hearts and minds’ of the Afghan people by… building schools and bridges.” Blomquist said of his time in Afghanistan.
A Prosecutor & a Gentleman
Lt. Col. Blomquist, who also holds a Masters in both Public Administration and Divinity, said that his life experiences have influenced the way that he approaches his job as a Homicide prosecutor.
“I get a little nervous when we relate prosecuting to sports analogies. We start tabulating wins and losses, but exonerating someone should give [a prosecutor] as much satisfaction as hearing a jury verdict come back guilty.”