Mayor was right to be angry over failed prosecutions I...


January 31, 2001

Mayor was right to be angry over failed prosecutions

I am opposed to bad language, especially using God's name in vain. However, I agree with The Sun that "perhaps it takes blunt and controversial language like Mayor O'Malley's to attract attention" ("Plenty of blame," editorial Jan. 27).

If the state's attorney is not serving the people, Mr. O'Malley is justifiably angry.

Who are these perfect people throwing stones at the mayor for his language?

Gladys Scesney, Timonium

Three cheers for Mayor Martin O'Malley. He told it like it is. The disgusting performance of State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy calls for strong language ("Mayor fumes over Sewell," Jan. 26).

A mayor with the guts to tell off an incompetent state's attorney, who happens to be black, should be applauded by the black community as well as the white.

Baltimore should be as proud of Mr. O'Malley as of our football team.

Walter Boyd, Lutherville

The mayor may be in for a scolding from his mother, but from my point of view his honestly passionate response to the latest debacle from State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's office was more of that "breath of fresh air" often associated with the mayor's first few months in office.

The criminal justice system continues to be broken. I believe the majority of Baltimoreans are behind the mayor.

Robin J. Breitenecker, Cockeysville

Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy is "disturbed" by Mayor O'Malley's harsh language."

If only she was disturbed by the pitiful job her office has done.

Jeff Sattler, Baltimore

After reading The Sun's article, "O'Malley sorry for tirade, but not `for outrage'" (Jan. 27), I was amazed that the State's Attorney's Office, Del. Howard P. Rawlings and the Rev. Gregory Perkins focused on on the mayor's language and not on the three high-profile cases lost.

Am I alone in believing crooked cops and cop killers are more detrimental to our community than a city official who loses his temper or isn't politically correct?

I applaud the mayor for trying to kick-start a sluggish, inefficient bureaucracy.

I believe Mr. Rawlings and Mr. Perkins can be of more assistance attacking the problems our city faces than critiquing someone who is taking action.

Jesse Snyder, Baltimore

O'Malley's language set a bad example for kids ...

Martin O'Malley's repeated use of profanity in his comments regarding State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy was an embarrassment to himself and the city that he supposedly wants to be America's best ("Mayor fumes over Sewell," Jan. 26).

It is vital for young people to understand that one way to be respected by others is to show respect in the way they communicate.

While he may be frustrated with Ms. Jessamy's decision, Mr. O'Malley made a very poor decision in how he chose to express that frustration.

Heather Tom,Columbia

... and it didn't belong on The Sun's front page

Mayor Martin O'Malley has apologized for the language he used criticizing Baltimore's top prosecutor, as he should have.

We have all used inappropriate language when angry. However, as a public figure the mayor is a role model for children and his public use of profanity may lead children to believe such language is acceptable when we disagree with others.

Now it is The Sun's turn. Has society sunk to such a low level that it is OK to use gutter language on the front page of the city's newspaper ("Mayor fumes over Sewell," Jan. 26)?

The Rev. Harry J. Schill III, Lutherville

City prosecutor displays integrity, independence

While I know nothing about the facts of Officer Brian Sewell's case, I can attest to the professionalism and work ethic of Baltimore's fine state's attorney.

Since she took office, Patricia C. Jessamy has been a leader, not only in Baltimore but around the state and even the nation, in crime control and prosecution. She has always handled her duties with great professionalism and integrity.

Under the Maryland constitution, the State's Attorney's Office is independent -- not an arm of the police and or of the mayor. The state's attorney imposes his or her own judgment, based on ethical and legal considerations, without considering personal or political matters.

It is a truly professional prosecutor who can discharge those duties in a high-profile case, even when it may not be the politically popular thing to do.

Joel J. Todd, Snow Hill

The writer is state's attorney for Worcester County.

Mayor's words were angry, but betrayed no bigotry

State Sen. Joan Carter Conway was justified in being offended by, and requesting the mayor to apologize for his inappropriate language in his tirade against State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. But she was clearly wrong to make the issue one of race or gender bias ("O'Malley sorry for tirade, but not `for outrage'," Jan. 27).

Mr. O'Malley didn't mention gender or race when he criticized Ms. Jessamy for dropping the corruption charges against Officer Brian Sewell. His comments appeared to be motivated by a perception of poor job performance, nothing more.

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