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Hogan orders review of funding for Baltimore prosecutor

November 24, 2021 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — As part of an effort to address violent crime, Maryland’s governor has ordered a review of funding to Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s Office and data on dismissed cases and plea deals.

Baltimore needs “a prosecutor who will actually prosecute violent criminals,” Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday at a news conference.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby called the announcement a political stunt.

“Had the governor set aside his philosophical differences and chosen to meet, or even to talk to me, I would have been happy to show him the data that he’s now making contingent on my office’s funding,” Mosby said.

Hogan also announced stepped-up visibility patrols in the city involving five state agencies, including Maryland State Police.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott welcomed the return of state troopers.

“We’re glad to have them back,” Scott said. “That partnership has always been something that has been fruitful for us.”

Hogan said he will introduce legislation to address the use of illegally possessed guns and legislation to require the tracking of information on sentences for violent crimes.