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Prosecuting low-level offenders key to preventing career criminals

The fraught relationship between Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and the city police seemed to ease a bit the other day with the announcement of a new joint effort to end violence. The idea is to team up under one roof in a new unit focused on bringing to justice "those who are administering gun violence in the city," as Ms. Mosby politely put it.

But does she know what that will take? I have doubts. Let's go to court to see what I mean.

On this day, on the fourth floor of Courthouse East, Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Charles Peters presides over a tiny courtroom, where "reception court" is underway for the criminal docket. This is the...

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