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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Challenger Gregg Bernstein had a narrow lead over incumbent Patricia C. Jessamy in the race for Baltimore City State's Attorney, as election returns continued to be tallied after midnight. Neither candidate declared victory as the waiting dragged into Wednesday morning and vote totals reported by the city showed a race too close to call. With results from roughly 96 percent of the city's precincts, Bernstein's lead was around 1,400 votes. Confusion erupted at the city board of elections headquarters at about 1 a.m. Wednesday as supporters of both candidates demanded to know why the results from 4 of the city's 290 precincts were not available.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2010
When the question came during the debate — and how could it not, given the Canton locale — Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy started her answer on the defensive. Without "blaming anyone else," an audience member asked, what happened in the Zach Sowers case? Sowers was a newlywed in 2007 when teenagers attacked and robbed him — one boy beating him into a coma steps from his Patterson Park home. He died 10 months later, the case saddening and then infuriating the neighborhood.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2010
Standing before television cameras and reporters on 26th Street on a steamy summer day, Gregg Bernstein displays a strong command of campaign skills in his first bid for elected office. He was a late entry in the contest against Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, who has held the job for 15 years. But he's got the art of the news conference down. The checklist: slick suit, media handlers and provocative statements. He has called everyone there to blame Jessamy for one of the city's senseless murders, the high-profile killing of a young Johns Hopkins researcher, Stephen Pitcairn, allegedly at the hands of a career criminal.
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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.
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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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