Today Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that six Baltimore police officers were charged in the murder of Freddie Gray. So who is Marilyn Mosby? Ms. Mosby is the youngest top prosecutor of any major American city. She was elected to that office last year after upsetting incumbent Gregg Bernstein. She’s been in her State’s Attorney position for 4 months.
Thirty-five-year-old Marilyn Mosby comes from a long line of police officers including her grandfather, four uncles and her mother. Her grandfather was a founding member of the first African-American police organization in Massachusetts.
Mosby was raised by a single mother in Boston, where in 1994 her 17-year-old cousin was killed near her home after being mistaken for a drug dealer. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and attended Tuskegee University in Alabama, studying political science. She later attended Boston College Law School and worked as assistant state’s attorney in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office.
She was working as field counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance when she decided to run for Baltimore’s state’s attorney, campaigning on a pledge to keep repeat offenders off the street and vowing to start a diversion program that would help young drug offenders avoid getting more serious criminal records. Her surprise victory in November over Gregg Bernstein, who had served one term as the city’s state’s attorney, made her the youngest chief prosecutor in a major U.S. city.
Ms. Mosby met her husband Nick Mosby, a Baltimore city councilman, while studying political science at Tuskegee University in Alabama. They have 2 daughters.
Marilyn Mosby was recently interviewed by Baltimore Magazine:
You start January 5—what’s your top priority?
My priority is the repeat violent offenders who are defining our city. We can’t step foot outside the city of Baltimore without somebody saying, ‘Oh is it really like The Wire?’ It’s so much more than that, but it’s really hard to dispel that perception when we turn on the news and we open up the newspaper. First 100 days of my administration, I will sit down with the police department and develop a comprehensive process in which we’re targeting these individuals. At the same time, barriers of distrust are what prevent jurors from actually convicting these individuals.
You’ve spent a lot of time with your transition team, which includes a lot of really big Baltimore figures—former mayor Kurt Schmoke, former congressman Kweisi Mfume—so what have you decided?
The idea was to pull in every facet, every sphere of influence throughout the city because everybody has a stake in the safety of our neighborhoods and communities. We meet on a weekly basis, and we’re going through the current organization looking at the inefficiencies and trying to address organizationally, structurally, how we’re going to change, what initiatives we’re going to implement. I’m also traveling all across the country to different district attorneys’ offices to see what best practices we can employ in Baltimore City. So I just left from the district attorney’s office in Manhattan and the district attorney’s office in Brooklyn. I visited the Fulton County district attorney in Atlanta, and today I’m actually traveling to California to speak with Kamala Harris, the attorney general of California and former San Francisco district attorney, and I’m also meeting with Jackie Lacey, who is the district attorney of Los Angeles. I’m going to meet also with Daniel Conley, who is in Boston. But I say all this because there are so many things that are happening all across the country that are really dynamic, and the purposes of that are to see, again, what best practices we can employ right here in our city.
You can read the entire interview here at Baltimore Magazine.