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Emmet C. Davitt

Maryland State Prosecutor
Office of the State Prosecutor

Emmet C. DavittWhen he retires later this year after more than eight years as Maryland’s state prosecutor, Emmet C. Davitt will do so with a record studded with high-profile prosecutions.

He successfully prosecuted former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold for abuse of power, including having his staff perform personal and political errands.

He successfully prosecuted political consultant Julius Henson for dirty tricks meant to suppress black votes.

He successfully prosecuted former Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance for failing to disclose money earned as a consultant while he was superintendent.

Davis is proud of his record.

“Under my administration, the office of the state prosecutor has been perceived as an aggressive yet independent, impartial and fair investigative and prosecution unit,” he said. “This reputation has restored, even if in a small way, some sense of public confidence in public official accountability and adherence to Maryland election laws.”

In a statement this month following Davitt’s announcement that he would retire, Gov. Larry Hogan lauded Davitt’s work.

“We were privileged to partner with him on important efforts to root out corruption, including in our correctional system,” Hogan said.

Before being named Maryland state prosecutor in 2010, Davitt served as deputy general counsel for the Maryland Public Service Commission and as assistant attorney general in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Davitt also has served on the board of directors of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and on the board of trustees for the Community College of Baltimore County.

He currently is on the board of directors of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association and the Center for Forensic Excellence Advisory Committee for Stevenson University.

Davitt’s retirement, wrote Court of Appeals Judge Douglas R.M. Nazarian in a letter supporting his nomination for a Leadership in Law award, will end “a thirty-year career devoted entirely to public service of the highest caliber and integrity.”

What is a key decision you made in your career that made the difference?
My decision to apply to become State Prosecutor. One often hesitates to seek a position because the competition may be intense. If you believe that you are capable — go for it. That decision brought me to the most interesting, challenging and exciting professional opportunity that I have experienced in my legal career.

Under my administration, the office of the state prosecutor has been perceived as an aggressive yet independent, impartial and fair investigative and prosecution unit.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.