Veteran prosecutors to lead city crime divisions

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced this week that veteran prosecutors Donald Giblin and Doug Ludwig are being promoted to lead the homicide and police misconduct divisions, respectively.

Giblin, who has been a prosecutor for 34 years, took leadership of the homicide division after its longtime leader, Mark P. Cohen, died of cancer last month. Giblin had been his deputy.

Giblin said that one of his priorities will be two of his own cases: the killing of former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr., which he is prosecuting with Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Banks; and the prosecution of Officer Tommy Sanders III in the shooting of an unarmed man in a Northeast Baltimore shopping center.

Giblin is no stranger to high-pressure cases, having successfully prosecuted Howard "Wee" Whitworth for the 2001 execution-style shooting of Officer Michael J. Cowdery and three men for the 2002 revenge killing of Detective Thomas G. Newman.

Giblin said he would continue his daily morning visits to the Police Department's homicide unit.

"The relationship between individual prosecutors and individual homicide detectives has always been a good one," Giblin said.

Ludwig, who has been a prosecutor for 21 years, will be moving into the police misconduct position from the office's firearms division, which he currently leads. Ludwig will fill a position left vacant when A. Thomas Krehely Jr. resigned last year.

In his new role, Ludwig will investigate and prosecute criminal misconduct by police officers, and monitor the results of internal affairs investigations. Under trial rules enacted last summer, prosecutors must turn over evidence that a police officer has lied to defense attorneys.

"It's never a pleasant issue when you have to investigate police officers, but the citizens of the city deserve it," Ludwig said.

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