Investigators with the Office of the State Prosecutor and state troopers executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office related to a veteran prosecutor working in the office’s homicide unit.
The State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed the investigation Tuesday afternoon in an emailed statement.
“Today we learned that the Office of the State Prosecutor has opened an investigation related to an employee of the State’s Attorney’s Office. We are fully cooperating with the Office of the State Prosecutor,” said Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman with the State’s Attorney’s Office. “This is an open and pending investigation and we cannot comment any further.”
The investigation is focused on Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Chaudry, his attorney confirmed.
After the Baltimore Brew, citing three sources, reported earlier Tuesday that investigators were looking at whether Chaudry had misused grand jury subpoenas for personal reasons, Chaudry’s defense attorney Patrick Seidel said there was “no misuse of grand jury subpoenas, there is no misconduct here worthy of a criminal investigation.”
“I look forward to working with the state prosecutor’s office to clear up any misconceptions or misunderstandings,” said Seidel, who recently left the State’s Attorney’s Office to work for the firm of Silverman Thompson.
State prosecutor Charlton Howard declined to comment, citing his office’s policy on not confirming or denying investigations.
A visitor log book at the state’s attorney’s office listed the names of two investigators from the state prosecutor’s office this morning.
The state office investigates public misconduct, election violations and other white-collar crimes. Four of its current top officials are former members of the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, including Howard.
The presence of investigators at the State’s Attorney’s Office initially sent a ripple through the city’s legal community. It is not related to the federal probe of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her husband, City Council President Nick Mosby, according to Richardson.