Bernstein's police misconduct prosecutor is out

August 07, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

Janice L. Bledsoe, a private defense attorney who joined State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein's administration last year to prosecute police misconduct cases, is no longer with the office.

Spokesman Mark Cheshire said Bledsoe "left to pursue other opportunities." On Tuesday, an agency-wide email went out instructing city prosecutors to direct police integrity issues to Deputy State's Attorney George Hazel "effective immediately," but did not say Bledsoe was gone.

Cheshire said the office had "launched a search to find a replacement" and did not provide additional details.

Bledsoe could not be reached for comment. She joined the office last May.

As the police integrity prosecutor, Bledsoe was handling several high-profile investigations, including bringing charges against homicide Det. Anthony Fata, who prosecutors accuse of lying about shooting himself in a downtown parking garage. 

She was also leading the unresolved investigations into Officer John Ward, after a weapon used by two juveniles to fatally shot 13-year-old Monae Turnage was found in his vehicle, and homicide Det. Daniel Nicholson, who was being investigated for allegedly leading a rogue investigation to find his missing daughter. Charges have not been brought in those case but officials have not closed the investigations.

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