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Marilyn Mosby: the Rise and Fall of a Radical District Attorney

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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Baltimore residents weary of years of escalating violent crime and record homicide rates got some welcome news earlier this summer when Marilyn Mosby, the city’s far-left state’s attorney, was defeated in the Democrat primary by Ivan Bates, a defense attorney, who, while decidedly not a conservative, has pledged to reverse some of Mosby’s more controversial policies. As Mosby finishes out her final months in office – and faces federal charges for fraud and perjury – her tenure provides a lesson in how the left-wing movement to “reimagine” policing and the criminal justice system has destroyed many once-great American cities.

In 2015, Mosby took office as the youngest District Attorney presiding over a major U.S. city at just 34 years old. Early on, things were promising, and she appeared committed to upholding law and order. Mosby aggressively pushed for legislation that would make it easier to jail serial sex offenders, and reestablished community liaison positions, promising to keep residents up to date about crimes committed in their communities. Just months into her tenure, she had successfully led the convictions of several high-profile repeat violent offenders.

That would all change with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody on April 19, 2015—a year after left-wing attacks on police erupted as a national political issue in the Ferguson riots of 2014. As protests spread across Baltimore, Mosby failed to say anything to quell the violence, instead charging the six officers involved with a litany of crimes, the most serious of which was second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Although most observers agreed that further investigation was warranted regarding the conduct of the officers, the charges were resoundingly criticized as unsubstantiated and a sweeping overreach. As a sign of just how abusive and inappropriate Mosby’s behavior was, all charges against the officers would later be dropped, and five of the six officers later sued Mosby for false arrest, false imprisonment, and defamation. Progressives celebrated Mosby, however, and she became a national hero for the left overnight.

But Mosby leaned into her status as a rising star in the budding movement to “reimagine” prosecution and the criminal justice system itself. Over the next six years, she aligned her policies with the likes of George Gascon in Los Angeles, Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, and Kim Foxx in Chicago. In 2019, under the guise of “fighting COVID,” Mosby announced a moratorium on prosecutions related to marijuana possession, regardless of quantity or prior criminal record, and said she would seek to vacate nearly 5,000 prior convictions. Mosby then expanded this moratorium on prosecutions to prostitution, minor traffic violations, and most low-level offenses, including trespassing. Then, with COVID receding in 2021, Mosby dropped the charade, announcing that the prosecution moratorium would be permanent.

Unsurprisingly, Baltimore has exploded in a wave of violent crime on Mosby’s watch. May 2015 alone was the deadliest single month in Baltimore since 1972. Between 2015 and 2021, the city surpassed 300 homicides every single year. The first six months of 2022 saw the most homicides of any six-month period in the city’s history, indicating that things are only getting worse, not better.

According to a new study released in July, the rise in murders is a direct result of Mosby’s policies. The report, from Sean Kennedy of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, analyzed 110 homicide suspects and found that the overwhelming majority had serious criminal convictions prior to committing homicide, and a plurality of these prior offenses involved firearm convictions. The study argued that “if the homicide defendants had received and served their eligible sentences for previous offenses, a majority would not have been free to commit their alleged homicides.” This conclusion directly contradicts the assertions of not just DA Mosby, but also dozens of far-left District Attorneys across the county who have placed “deincacceration” at the center of prosecutorial policy.

Mosby was already vulnerable in her re-election effort this year as a result of this failure. Then, the Justice Department announced in January that it was pursuing charges against her for fraud and perjury. According to federal prosecutors, Mosby alleged financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing her to receive tens of thousands of dollars under the CARES Act. Mosby then used those funds to pay for two vacation homes in Florida, even though she was still receiving her full annual salary of nearly $250,000. Mosby could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

To defeat Mosby, Ivan Bates ran a successful campaign pledging to “reverse Mosby’s non-prosecution policy for low-level offenses, including prostitution and drug possession.” Yet, even if he implements these changes on his first day, it will likely take years to undo the damage of Mosby’s tenure. Unfortunately, it will be Baltimore residents who are forced to deal with the tragic consequences of Mosby’s embrace of the far-left’s war on the justice system.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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fredwriter1961
2 months ago

Negroes should not be elected to any public office. They are soft on crime and oblivious to their what is going on in their backyard. Blacks are criminals and responsible for most of the crime in this country.

Marta Alvarez
2 months ago

I’m a Baltimorian, what can I tell you. As President Trump would say: ‘This is a disgrace’. The entire legal system in Baltimore is in shambles, and this is the reason why Baltimore has become the second murder city in the country. A bit of history: In 2015, the riots that broke out supposedly to protest for Freddy Gray’s death while in police custody, left the city of Baltimore without narcotics. ALL pharmacies in Downtown (and beyond) were looted to the point where there was a hospital wide shortage of narcotics for the patients, so my colleagues told me. As you might recall, Obama, the then President told the authorities: Don’t use force, ‘let them get it out of their chest’. I distinctly remember his address. What they got out was narcotics! This is how much they cared about the death of one of their own. Mosby is just the prime example of this double standard murderous politics.

Mike
2 months ago

You get what you vote for. Or if you are like a lot of Americans, you don’t vote at all. It isn’t hard to spot these scoundrels. You can listen to their rhetoric on issues and check out their facts. Big city after big city have fallen into despair and the people that live there do nothing about it. They want someone else to solve the problems. Check out who has run these big cities for the last 30 years, it’s easy to see where the shoe fits.

Goldwaterite
2 months ago

I am a refugee from Baltimore — and never look back.
During the Freddie Gray riots, Marilyn Mosby egged on the Mob with her “no justice, no peace” rant.
She smeared her Marxist filth all over Baltimore. At least Baltimoreans have the satisfaction of seeing karma catch up with her.

Engineer
2 months ago

The voters of Baltimore WANTED this and they got it. Now after they got what they wanted, they want to walk back to better times but after lootings, property damage/theft, and rampant crime they will not get get it back. Investment in communities is not like water in that it searches for the lowest levels. Investment happens when circumstances are stable and largely predictable. Who wants to do business in a location where safety and government services are terrible unless it’s bail bond sales.

Will
2 months ago

Well that is a start , we need to clean the swamp out even if we have to go from the bottom up , enough is enough with the insane far left political agenda their is no commen since to it whats so ever and several people in this great nation have paid for it because of their greed, incompetent, and hateful behavior toward the American people. They have far fetched goals that are totally insane like this cancel culture crap and trying to push it on America . The electric cars are not clean for the atmosphere we don’t even have a infrastructure for running millions of electric cars the democrackheads need to wake up and get their heads out of the clouds .plus she embezzled millions of tax payers money , makes me you wonder how many more of the democrackheads did the same thing , including the F.B.I. if you ask me they are all involved . Wake up America

Stephanie
2 months ago

I am a Republican but I truly believe that there is some Democrats that hasn’t drank the liberal kool-aid. They are the one’s that ate sick of the liberal BS that is coming out of the Whitehouse today.These are the one’s that stick to their beliefs but still loves America and wants the best for the people. God Bless Them and may they rid this country of the Radical Cosmic Clowns.

fredwriter1961
2 months ago

Negroes and Negro elected officials destroy everything they touch, They are what is wrong with the Democratic party. The party is a vile, toxic brew of dysfunctional behavior, chaos, disorder and a total breakdown of morality and civilized behavior. Negroes are responsible for most of the violent crime in our cities. It is time for the federal government to get involved since Democratic mayors are incompetent and unwilling to take law enforcement seriously. Crime is the greatest problem the country faces now next to rising prices and illegal immigration.

D.P.
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

ABSOLUTELY !

Will
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

I’m sorry I don’t agree with that race has nothing to do with it, we do have some black people p le who are in the government system that have integrity and is willing to go out of their way for the American people unfortunately its very few , thoes that have no integrity. Are the others look bad.

coolguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Will

The average black IQ is 85, average white IQ is 100, and that doesn’t begin to touch the impulse control problems and general tendency towards violence, aggression and “can do no wrong” narcissism. For every Clarence Thomas or Thomas Sowell there are thousands who cannot function at the standards of civilized society, and it has everything to do with their genetic inheritance. Get your head out of your ass.

Takako
2 months ago
Reply to  coolguy

Please cite your source ????

coolguy
2 months ago
Reply to  Takako

The Bell Curve, and 100 years of research on race and intelligence. Humanvarieties.org

Do you know what an r^2 is? Do you know what factor analysis is? Is your IQ also sub-100? Maybe that’s why you’re overwhelmed and have to resort to cliches such as “source? source?” But, I know there is no source sufficient for you.

Goldwaterite
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

It will take generations to stop and reverse the damage the disintegration of the black family has visited upon the black community and all of America. Anarchy and Marxism are the Left’s only answers. Never!

Takako
2 months ago
Reply to  fredwriter1961

Hmmm…you sound pretty racist

M.B.
2 months ago

Hopefully Ivan Bates (D) performs his job as a district attorney, and upholds, and enforces all state laws. Unfortunately we have Foxx, Pritzker, and Lightfoot in our beautiful state of Illinois to deal with. The SAFE-T act will go into effect January 1st . The only way this won’t pass, is to elect a new Republican governor in November. This is highly unlikely on account of the Chicago vote. Unfortunately we all can’t move from Illinois, with children, and grandchildren. This once was a great state. I pray things will change in November, because Chicago is not a place to visit anymore .

john Mirande
2 months ago

Her street name, is Big Chin…………….shes got a boxers chin, ugly fn woman, so corrupt.

William Black
2 months ago
Reply to  john Mirande

So what!

coolguy
2 months ago
Reply to  William Black

So the outer reflects the inner, you naif. Or do you suppose a primitive appearance reflects nothing about a person’s character?

Larkenson
2 months ago

Anti-White thugs attack White people that peacefully protest against the genocidal policy of mass third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries. If anti-White ideas are so good, why do they require street violence to make sure nobody will object? It’s obvious that Antifa and BLM really only want White Genocide.

DigustedwithElitism
2 months ago

List of American cities I will not visit and where I will not spend my money:
* Baltimore, MD
* Camden, NJ
* Chicago, IL
* Honolulu, HI
* Los Angeles, CA
* Minneapolis, MN
* New York, NY
* Oakland, CA
* Philadelphia, PA
* Portland, OR
* St. Louis, MO
* San Francisco, CA
* Seattle, WA
* Washington, D.C.

Hal
2 months ago

Pretty meaningful list, tho IMO maybe you left out a few …. e.g., San Diego.

D Bird
2 months ago
Reply to  Hal

San diego is not Bad. It has some Nasty places, but it is still a good City to live in. Expensive ,but not like those other Garbage Citys.

Garye
2 months ago

Just another loser from the marxist democrat party!
Wake up America joebama and ALL democrats must be Thrown out of any office for treason and the destruction of America!
THROW THEM OUT

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Garye

I agree, altho it appears that the choice is more in the nature of worst-to-bad!!!

Doc
2 months ago

Obama is Biden’s puppet master. We are currently experiencing Obama’s 3rd term. His 4th term begins in 2025. He needs his 4th term to complete his mission to destroy America…

Akscooch
2 months ago
Reply to  Doc

It’s BHOs illegal third term. He has usurped the powers of the presidency. This is a crime. This is treachery.

Garye
2 months ago
Reply to  Doc

THROW OUT EVERY marxist democrat from office NOW.
NO MORE terms for anyone affiliated with the marxist democrat party period!

Doc
2 months ago

It was a dire mistake to give butt hurt Leftist women a path to power…

Sean Rickman
2 months ago

The democRATS are an evil entity that will do anything to push their evil sorrya** agenda.The democRATS are the new definition of evil,Beezlebub is their hero.

B Slic
2 months ago

She deserves to serve time for fraud. She will blame white people if she is convicted. I’ m sorry but justice is blind. there is no race here only that if she is convicted by a jury of 12 or if she decides to plead guilty then she should serve time.

edward
2 months ago
Reply to  B Slic

people like her are responsible for stroking the fires of racism. hang her a**!!!!!

Goldwaterite
2 months ago
Reply to  B Slic

“She will blame white people if she is convicted.”
She already has. The only card in her deck is the Race Card.

Adonis
2 months ago

Show me one radical leftist who is not a crook.

pete
2 months ago
Reply to  Adonis

Yep. OUr idealist are money hungry–best govt money can buy–and buy…and buy…

anna hubert
2 months ago

The results of reimagining instead of thinking are catastrophic but somehow those women being able to hide behind the skirts and skin color stay on

HocasPocas
2 months ago

Unless he rounds up all the criminals that she left free, it will be more of the same

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