Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is being challenged in her re-election bid and in turn, some of her supporters are challenging the residency qualifications of Mosby’s two opponents.

Marilyn Mosby’s campaign team challenged the residency of two of her opponents. One of those suits was dismissed. (Courtesy photo)

Attorney Thiru Vignarajah, a former deputy attorney general for Maryland and prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office, got the residency lawsuit against him thrown out in Baltimore Circuit Court March 20. The lawsuit filed by by Baltimore community activist Christopher Comeau claimed Vignarajah has not lived in Baltimore long enough to be a candidate for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. According to the Baltimore Sun, Vignarajah owns a home in Howard County and one in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. Maryland law requires state’s attorneys to live in a jurisdiction for at least two years before they can take office.

Ivan Bates, a defense attorney, who is a former prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office, told the Sun last year that he moved back into Baltimore in early 2017 however, Bates maintains he has had a city residence since the 1990’s. He currently owns homes in Locust Point in Baltimore City, and Howard County.

Bates is scheduled to appear in Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday and he is being sued by Kristien Miller, who resides in the Canton neighborhood in Baltimore.

Neither Miller or Comeau could be reached for comment by the AFRO deadline.

Bates and Vignarajah are both Democrats and there are no Republicans running against Mosby for the State’s Attorney’s chair. The primary election is June 26.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor