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PSC’s Emmet Davitt named new Maryland state prosecutor

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Friday appointed Emmet Davitt, deputy general counsel for the Maryland Public Service Commission, to succeed retiring State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh.

“I am pleased to appoint Emmet Davitt to be the next State Prosecutor,” O’Malley said in a statement.  “Mr. Davitt is known for his sound judgment, his integrity, and his broad experience in working with law enforcement and grand juries in prosecuting cases across the state.”

When reached in his office on Friday, Davitt — with his cell phone ringing in the background from well-wishers — said he was excited and still trying to process the news.

“I’m really looking forward to being able to serve in this capacity,” Davitt said. “And, really I’d just like to thank the governor and the commission for their support.”

He will officially be sworn in to the office in late November or early December.

Davitt received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and Judge Paul E. Alpert of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Davitt was selected from a short list that reportedly included outgoing five-term Charles County State’s Attorney Leonard C. Collins Jr. and Isabel M. Cumming, chief of economic crimes in the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office.

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