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Baltimore defense lawyer Ivan Bates announces run for state’s attorney

Baltimore defense lawyer Ivan Bates announces run for state’s attorney

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Ivan J. Bates (File photo)

Baltimore lawyer Ivan Bates announced Thursday that he is running for Baltimore City State’s Attorney, a position he also sought in 2018.

Bates, a defense attorney, is a managing partner at the law firm he started in 2006, Bates and Garcia, LLC. He ran against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby three years ago and lost in the Democratic Party primary.

Bates served as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore from 1996 to 2002 and worked at a criminal defense firm before starting his own firm. He is known for representing several people who were targeted by members of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force.

An Army veteran, Bates attended Howard University after his tour of duty and graduated from William and Mary School of Law.

“As your state’s attorney, I’ll work to get repeat violent offenders off the streets while making sure we aren’t arresting or prosecuting folks just for living in poverty,” Bates said in a video announcing his candidacy.

Mosby has not said whether she intends to run for reelection but is set to hold a fundraiser Thursday evening.

Defense attorney Roya Hanna has also announced a run for the seat. She worked in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor for 12 years before moving into defense work.

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