Del. Talmadge Branch, who praised Jessamy's work pushing tough anti-crime legislation in Annapolis, said Baltimore doesn't need a state's attorney who is "buddy-buddy with a police commissioner," a reference to Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III's support for Bernstein.
"We need somebody with a voice, somebody that's going to be fair, that's not going to agree to the police officers every time they want to prosecute a case," Branch said. "We want somebody who promotes the law and makes sure we get our fair shake. Not just blacks, not just white, but everybody."