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

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2022
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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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Jaystorm
Jaystorm
2 months ago

This is bull sh**

Michael J
Michael J
1 year ago

Why is this disgraced DA still holding position while being investigated for fraud and perjury? I doubt that most Americans facing real financial hardships were being paid a quarter of a million dollar salary or have two vacation homes in Florida.

jocko
jocko
1 year ago

TO BAD SOME illegal DIDN’T DO her IN

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

The Freddie Gray case was another fictional racist event. The other prisoner in the paddy wagon, who was also black, stated that Gray banged his own head against the wall of the truck. BUT after being threatened by the race hustlers, he changed his story! All but one of the stories of “racist cops” of which I’m aware were partially or totally fake. The exception being one in either NC or SC where a cop pulled over a black man and shot him for no legitimate reason.

SweetLadyMary
SweetLadyMary
1 year ago

I find it very interesting that so many black DAs are women who care nothing about the law. They use their office to make political points and to release thugs back into the community using race as an excuse.

kat
kat
1 year ago

LinkedIn:  Is Obama managing the Biden puppet?  Obama said that’s what he wanted to do.  Crime, inflation, illegal aliens, CAL 19280 judicial corruption, … the list goes on, and on.  Why does Biden refuse a cognitive test.  VP Kamala Harris is an unfit replacement.  Wasn’t K Harris CA Atty Gen when 2004 CA Rev  & Tax Code 19280 became CA LAW; CA Gov A Schwarzenegger.  19280 holds convicts+ financially liable to CFTB who collects for victim BILLS CRIMINAL for criminal nuisance created.  PARENTS liable for their kids.  
 
CAL 19280 > K-12=<CRIMINALS<VICTIMS<SUFFER!
<CRIME if CAL 19280 TAUGHT?!
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NOT TAUGHT 19280 a criminal defense?
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?
 
PARENTS $ CFTB COLLECTS 4 VICTIM BILLCRIMINAL
PARENTS LIABLE CFTB COLLECTS for VICTIM, then BILLS CRIMINAL!
CPC:  95 juvenile criminal adult upgrade; Parole denial, CA restriction, … MORE?
 
PARENT MANAGE KIDS IF CAL 19280 AWARE?
 
FEWER CRIMINALS = FEWER VICTIMS? LESS SUFFERING!
 
KNOWING PUBLIC exceeds an ARMED public!
 
2004 Gov A Schwarzenegger signed 2004 enacted (Thus CA LAW,) CA Rev &
Tax Code 19280. Present VP KHarris 2004 CA Attorney General?
Not in PRISON (CPC 205 AgMyhm LIFE EVERY:  CA elected, Judge, lawyerLIAR…)
 
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Had eNOUGH?
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CrimeHunterAfghanistanObscenitySupplyChain
BorderInflationDisunityEnergy(gas)Norespect
Greg Kelly NewsMax 6 Sep 22
 
CA Judicial Corruption – 19280 (FB)

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

In order to maintain our Republic, self governance must be restored. We cannot self govern if we are not a virtuous people. Our Founders expected a virtuous people to place in positions of authority virtuous leaders. The election of various leaders throughout this country need to be examined closely before voting them in office with consideration for the good of the Country as a whole. The more we slip into lawlessness, the closer we get to tyrannical rule. Our hope is hearts must be changed by the Grace of God. None of us are perfect, but all of us must strive for a more perfect and better Union.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Tweaking such a mess wont work. The only thing that would work would be a get tough on crime move, but that’s no longer possible. See how the left moves the goalposts? They deliberately create chaos and when it stirs concerns among the sheep they step back a bit and allow ‘reforms’. But whatever ‘adjustments’ are made will be ineffective so the left then campaigns against the bandaid treatments of the original chaos, screaming that more radical ideas than the original are now needed. It may seem to be foolish idealism or just plain silly, but the chaos is real and one of the demands down the line will be for everyone in the country to give up certain rights to stop the chaos.

F. Lee Bailey
F. Lee Bailey
1 year ago

Thank God, she was your typical Democratic “blowhard”, who destroyed Baltimore with her stupid ideas.

Old Silk
Old Silk
1 year ago

She wasn’t Baltimore. She wasn’t in touch with the Baltimore citizenry. She wasn’t even in touch with law enforcement as a prosecutor. The office was bought for her by a billionaire whose intent was to destroy society and tear it to pieces, just as the offices of prosecutors (attorneys general, states attorneys, district attorneys, whatever their titles in various jurisdictions) in cities around the country were bought and paid for with the same intent.

Steven Tapper
Steven Tapper
1 year ago

I live in Baltimore County, 25 miles Northwest of Baltimore City, and have to watch and listen to this insult to our intelligence every day. Marilyn Mosby and her husband Nick, who is the President of the Baltimore City Counsel, are working tirelessly to ruin Baltimore. Instead of receiving a $250 K salary she should be made to pay restitution to the taxpayers of Baltimore City. If she doesn’t want to prosecute criminals than just close down her office. She lost just about all of her staff and can’t find anyone to fill those positions. Baltimore was once a vibrant tourist destination with the City’s Inner Harbor attractions, the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team and the Baltimore Ravens NFL Football team. The Orioles who are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for rebuilt Baseball Team have problems with attendance due to crime concerns about people coming into the City. Baltimore City has many problems from mismanagement of the Public School System, corruption in the City’s government and lack of jails to take the criminals off the streets. None of these problems will ever be solved by Left Wing Progressives, especially ones who were put into place by George Soros.

William C Smith
William C Smith
1 year ago

The amazing thing is that this behavior exercised by public officials is tolerated for so long by the communities supposedly served. Trash must be disposed of long before it causes contamination and deterioration.

Nobody’s Business
Nobody’s Business
1 year ago

The reason the Democrats want the crime rate to go up by letting criminals go is so that the good citizens get tired of the crime and start shooting the scum when it starts getting out of hand even though it will be mostly the bad guys getting shot and killed then they will finally say we need to do something they will declare Marshall law and try to confiscate the good guys guns. Then you will see the civil war because no one will give up their guns voluntarily.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
1 year ago

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

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year 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

Adonis
Adonis
1 year ago

Show me one radical leftist who is not a crook.

B Slic
B Slic
1 year 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.

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
1 year 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.

Doc
Doc
1 year ago

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

Doc
Doc
1 year 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…

Garye
Garye
1 year 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

DigustedwithElitism
DigustedwithElitism
1 year 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.

Larkenson
Larkenson
1 year 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.

john Mirande
john Mirande
1 year ago

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

M.B.
M.B.
1 year 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 .

fredwriter1961
fredwriter1961
1 year 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.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year 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.

Will
Will
1 year 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

Engineer
Engineer
1 year 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.

Goldwaterite
Goldwaterite
1 year 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.

Mike
Mike
1 year 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.

Marta Alvarez
Marta Alvarez
1 year 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.

fredwriter1961
fredwriter1961
1 year 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.

Rex
Rex
1 year ago

Mosby loved the criminals and hated the cops, much like Trump loved Putin and hated his state department.
Mosby thought she was so cool talking about getting “justice for this young man” when the evidence showed he was trying to inflict injury on himself to win the ghetto lottery.
His attempt to make political hay by trying to throw six cops under the bus backfired big time, and the only person Mosby ended up throwing under the bus was herself. Pure Karma

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