Marilyn Mosby has barely been in office four months and already she has a case that has received national attention. Mosby is the Baltimore State’s Attorney who will be prosecuting the six officers involved in the death of unarmed Black male Freddie Gray. Gray died in police custody in circumstances that have now been ruled a homicide. Mosby, age 35, won election to the office in 2014 after a contentious campaign, before her election she had never held an elected office.
Prior to her winning she was an insurance lawyer for Liberty Mutual Insurance and before that she worked for five years as an assistant state’s attorney. Mosby is married to Baltimore City councilman Nick Mosby who represents the West Baltimore area that has been the scene of recent protests over the death of Freddie Gray.
For Marilyn Mosby, law enforcement is not new, both her parents were police officers as well as her late grandfather. Mosby also has been a personal victim of crime as she witnessed the violent death of a family member outside of her home when she was younger. Mosby is a mother of two daughters and a product of HBCU Tuskegee University where she met her husband. At the age of 35, she is the youngest chief prosecutor of a major city and she stated in her acceptance speech “As a black woman who understands just how much the criminal justice system disproportionately affects communities of color, I will seek justice on your behalf”.
Now that time has come for the young prosecutor as not only Baltimore but the America looks to her for justice for Freddie Gray.