Mosby: 'Nothing to Hide' on Conviction Rate | WYPR

Mosby: 'Nothing to Hide' on Conviction Rate

Jun 12, 2018

Midday host Tom Hall speaking with Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Incumbent Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has come under fire from her challengers for supposedly exaggerating her conviction rate. But Mosby insisted during an appearance on WYPR's Midday Monday that she’s not hiding anything.

Mosby has been touting a 90-plus percent conviction rate ahead of the June 26 primary. But her challengers say that rate doesn’t count cases she had to drop and that distorts the picture.

 

Mosby said on Midday that she has been transparent—publishing seven years’ worth of criminal court data—and that she adhered to professional standards in calculating her conviction rate.

 

She argued that prosecutors can’t try every suspect police arrest, especially if there are procedural problems with the arrest.

 

“If in fact we get a case where there’s an arrest and it’s an unconstitutional arrest, why would it make sense for us—legally, we cannot proceed upon that case—to include that in my conviction rate,” Mosby said.

 

She added that her opponents have spread a lot of misinformation about what’s happening in her office.

 

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