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2 names sent to Hogan to fill Md. prosecutor’s job

Julius Henson’s defense lawyer, Edward Smith Jr. (left) and State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt squared off Wednesday in closing arguments in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Emmet Davitt retired from the state prosecutor’s job on July 31. A selection panel has recommended two candidates to replace him. It’s up to Gov. Larry Hogan whether to choose one of those two.

A Baltimore prosecutor and an assistant attorney general have been nominated to fill the vacant state prosecutor position, the commission charged with recommending candidates announced Friday.

Michael Dunty, of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, and Charlton Howard III, of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, were submitted to Gov. Larry Hogan for consideration, according to a news release.

The State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission began its work in August to replace Emmet Davitt, who retired as state prosecutor on July 31 after more than eight years in the position. The commission had 70 days from Hogan’s notification of a vacancy, which came Aug. 13, to submit a report with recommendations.

Hogan has 30 days to appoint a nominee or reject both candidates.

Deputy State Prosecutor Kelly Madigan has been the interim state prosecutor since Davitt’s retirement.

The commission was chaired by Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo and included Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, former state delegates and senators and attorneys.

Members voted by secret ballot in a closed session and nominated those who the majority found to be “legally and professionally qualified.”

The Office of the State Prosecutor is tasked with investigating corruption, election law violations and misconduct by public officials and employees.


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