In response, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) has criticized Mosby, recently telling Fox News that she was a “big part of the problem” of rising crime in Maryland.
“We have a prosecutor in Baltimore City who refuses to prosecute violent criminals and that’s at the root of the problem,” he said.
Just this week, a Republican and pastor in Baltimore named Shannon Wright criticized Mosby for refusing to prosecute crimes like prostitution.
“There used to be a time, and some folks may not like this phrase, but there’s a thing called ‘Black excellence,’ where we strove as parents to instill it in our children, where as teachers we strove to instill it in our students,” Wright said. “It was something that — not mediocrity, not baseline, when you set a goal to say ‘we don’t want to hurt folk by unfairly prosecuting these crimes,’ these lead to other crimes, these escalate. And for those that want to argue that fact, seventh straight year, 300+ homicides. The officer just laid to rest yesterday, our children still not getting a proper education, we’re in a situation where, in our schools, [we have] learning loss whether you’re in the building or not.”
“No parent is going to look at these things as low level crime, and I tell you why,” Wright added in response to Mosby’s prosecutorial stance. “When you’re a good parent, you spend time with your children, you start to discipline them. They understand, when I say this, this is what you have to do. When that doesn’t happen, there’s a punishment. That’s a foundational example that we set with our children when they are young. So when you become a prosecutor, and you have a larger scope to be able to set that foundation of what is acceptable and what is not, and you choose to send the wrong message, you cannot then cry foul when people say you are the cause of the problems with regard to crime that we are seeing.”
Wright also said the city needed “prosecutors to prosecute because they have to be that line of defense where people understand if there is an issue that’s causing you to act outside of the way you should, we’re going to get you help.”
“Marilyn Mosby is that last line of defense to make people follow the normal, accepted community values and morals, and the law, and when she abdicates that role, it leads to anarchy and unrest like we’re seeing in the city,” she added.
Now, Mosby may wind up heading to prison herself if she is found guilty on the charges she has been indicted on by the federal government.