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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy is saying her primary opponent would "set us back 60 years" if elected, a claim her critics contend is stoking fears about whether challenger Gregg Bernstein's anti-crime policies would target black residents. The Democratic contest pits Jessamy, an incumbent who fought for civil rights in the South, against a white lawyer promising to get tougher on crime. Jessamy has been promoting and defending her efforts to weave intervention and treatment into her office's traditional role of prosecuting criminals.
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September 6, 2010
I've been following the Gregg Bernstein-Patricia Jessamy state's attorney race, and I am appalled at the lack of leadership over the past 15 years in the state's attorney shop headed up by Ms. Jessamy. Our community and her staff, in order to be effective, need a role model. Ms. Jessamy is no role model. She's hasn't even tried a legal case in 15 years. We need new leadership and a real trial lawyer who understands how to argue a case in order to win convictions. Quite frankly, I don't know how Ms. Jessamy has been able to get the respect of judges, police or even victims when she refuses to try a case just because it has only one witness.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. raised more than twice as much money as Gov. Martin O'Malley in the most recent 18-day reporting period, which the GOP pointed to as evidence of fresh momentum for the former governor. Ehrlich raised more than $725,000, compared with $267,000 by the O'Malley campaign. But the Democrat noted that his treasury still dwarfs Ehrlich by a nearly 3-to-1 advantage — after spending roughly $426,000 during the reporting period, O'Malley had $6.5 million in cash on hand to Ehrlich's $2.5 million.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2010
The union representing Baltimore police officers has endorsed attorney Gregg Bernstein in his race against incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy for state's attorney, saying the labor organization believes he will work "to ensure no violent crime goes unpunished. " The endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents 5,000 active-duty and retired city officers, is not surprising given complaints from the rank and file that Jessamy frequently blames police for bringing weak cases that force prosecutors to drop charges or agree to what some consider lenient sentences.
NEWS
August 30, 2010
The Sun asked the candidates for Baltimore state's attorney to complete a questionnaire as part of our endorsement process. The questions were derived from suggestions made by readers. After reading the responses, please let us know which candidate you support and why, either on the editorial board's blog, Second Opinion , or by sending an e-mail to talkback@baltimoresun.com . A selection of readers' comments will appear alongside our endorsement. Democrat Patricia Jessamy's responses to The Sun's questionnaire: 1. Summarize your education and professional experience.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
A new ad released Monday by Baltimore State's Attorney candidate Gregg Bernstein attacks the incumbent, Patricia C. Jessamy, saying she refuses to prosecute crimes when there is only one witness. The ad features Doris Dangerfield, whose 21-year-old son Angelo was shot to death in November 2009 outside their Cherry Hill home, wiping tears from her eyes and questioning why the suspects were let go. "The suspects they had, she's letting them go because they only had one eyewitness," Dangerfield says as she sits at a table and a graduation picture of her son is shown.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2010
Twelve years ago, the newly elected Anne Arundel County executive fired her police chief for allowing on-duty officers to appear in print ads for the incumbent she had defeated. A year later, in 1999, a top Baltimore police commander called it "personally distasteful" when uniformed, off-duty officers appeared in a campaign television ad for the mayor's opponent. In the Arundel case, an ethics panel ruled that the defeated county executive had abused his office by using police in his ads. In the city case, the officers were speaking on behalf of the union, but the department worried the nuance would be lost on residents.
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By Justin Fenton and Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2010
The defense attorney vying to be the city's top prosecutor released a television ad Monday in which a former state's attorney's office employee says "people are getting away with murder and it's because Patricia Jessamy fails to convict them. " The commercial also links Jessamy's office with the deaths of seven people in a 2002 firebombing. In addition, the ad features an image of an off-duty city police spokesman speaking to defense attorney Gregg Bernstein, which could raise more questions about the link between Bernstein's campaign and the police department.
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By Dan Rodricks | August 22, 2010
Patricia Jessamy has a tough sell: "Keep me in office. I'm experienced. I've done a good job. Violent crime is down significantly in Baltimore since I took office, and I deserve some credit for that. I send thousands of criminals to prison every year. " Gregg Bernstein, Mrs. Jessamy's challenger in the September Democratic primary, is the underdog but, in many ways, he has an easier pitch: "Pat Jessamy has been state's attorney for 15 years. If you think she's done a good enough job, then keep her. But, I say 'good enough' isn't good enough.
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