Article20 Marilyn Mosby Inauguration-001

New Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is sworn in by former Chief Judge Robert Bell as her husband, Councilman Nick Mosby, assists. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)

Justice accessible to all, and the need to reach youth before they end up in the criminal justice system, were the central themes at the inauguration of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Mosby was praised by a number of prominent Baltimoreans, before taking the lectern and promising to seek justice on behalf of all city residents.

“I believe you’re the right person at the right time for this job,” said Baltimore City Council President Jack Young. Young was one of many current and former city officials, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, present at the Jan 8. Event at the War Memorial Building across from City Hall.

Schmoke, who also once served as Baltimore City State’s Attorney, joked that when he took the oath for that office, Mosby was only two years old. “That is indeed humbling,” Schmoke followed up before the amused crowd.

Mosby was sworn in by former chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals Robert Bell; her husband, Baltimore City councilman Nick Mosby, held the Bible on which she took her oath.

In her speech, Mosby stressed that the public must believe that justice is accessible to all, not just a certain few. The new state’s attorney also emphasized her view that a prosecutor must exercise her “power to get to our children before they get to the criminal justice system.”

“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,” Mosby pledged before all present.