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Police endorse Jessamy opponent in primary

The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police today endorsed Gregg Bernstein over Patricia Jessamy in the Democratic primary battle for city state's attorney.

Bernstein, a former federal prosecutor and successful defense attorney, also has the unofficial backing of Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld, who raised Jessamy's hackles by sticking a Bernstein sign in his lawn earlier this summer. (He has since removed it.)

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Meanwhile, Jessamy, the city's top prosecutor since 1995, has corralled the support of much of Baltimore's political establishment. But a recent letter to the Afro-American newspaper from the city's senators backing Jessamy has generated controversy: Sen. George Della, in a tough Democratic primary of his own, was not listed among the co-signers even though his name appears on the letterhead.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley -- a frequent critic of Jessamy when he was Baltimore mayor -- offered supportive words about Jessamy in July but stopped short of an endorsement. He implied one would be forthcoming, but with less than two weeks to go until primary election day, it has yet to materialize.

Please hop over to Baltimore Crime blog for more details on this tangled and interesting race.

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