Perspective on: “Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor” (N.Y. Times opinion, Oct. 16th)
Prosecutors calling themselves progressives without the policies to match has also struck Baltimore. Marilyn Mosby achieved overnight stardom when, after a rushed investigation, she charged police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. Those cases crumbled in the courtroom, but gave her cover to represent herself as progressive when nothing could be further from the truth.
Ms. Mosby has advocated for mandatory minimums, even for first-time offenders. She has revived a dedicated drug unit, prosecuted thousands of victims of addiction, and criticized parole and good-time credit. She was silent as judges, advocates, and Maryland’s attorney general pushed to reform the unconstitutional cash bail system. She has stripped prosecutors of civil service protections, insisting she can fire them for their political views. She has refused to share data with the public, failed to disclose exculpatory evidence, and — with the bungled exception of Freddie Gray — left the responsibility of exposing and prosecuting police misconduct to federal prosecutors, public defenders, and the police department itself. Ms. Mosby has made herself a celebrity and a symbol, but a progressive she is not.