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Marilyn J. Mosby

State’s Attorney
Baltimore City

Marilyn J. Mosby encountered the trauma of crime first-hand when, outside of her home, her cousin was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity. 

It inspired young Mosby to become a first-generation college graduate, and then an attorney, turning “pain into passion.” 

In 2015, she was sworn in as the State’s Attorney for Baltimore, making her the youngest chief prosecutor of any major American city. She rose to national prominence that year when she pursued criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died while in police custody, triggering riots and protests. None of the officers were convicted. 

Mosby said antiquated laws, racially and disparately enforced and have not yet caught up to the recent awakening of the social consciousness of America. 

“My biggest surprise during the pandemic was that the veil of ignorance was finally lifted from Americans regarding race relations and police brutality following the death of numerous Black men at the hands of police all across the country,” Mosby said. “For the first time, there was a major perception shift and a desire for police accountability and criminal justice reform.” 

Mosby acknowledges the city still have more work to do — Baltimore reached 300 homicides in November, for the seventh consecutive year of the grim milestone. 

Despite that, Mosby said she is pleased with the progress her office and the city has made. 

“My passion was always to effectuate change by driving a more just, efficient and fair criminal justice system,” Mosby said.