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Defense attorney Roya Hanna announces bid for Baltimore state’s attorney

Defense attorney Roya Hanna is the first candidate to announce a run for Baltimore state’s attorney in the June Democratic primary election.

An assistant state’s attorney in the city for 12 years, Hanna said Wednesday that she’s handled more than 100 jury trials, prosecuting murders, felony drug cases and juvenile crimes. In her last four years in the prosecutor’s office, before leaving in 2015, she prosecuted homicide cases.

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Currently, she runs a law office in downtown Baltimore. Hanna has represented defendants in high- profile cases, including Shatika Lawson, a co-defendant in a fatal child abuse case; and Raeshawn Rivers, a teen convicted of robbery but acquitted of murdering a Baltimore City College student (his co-defendants were convicted of her murder).

Hanna has been an outspoken critic of Democratic State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, challenging the prosecutor over her travels to out-of-town criminal justice conferences.

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In 2018, Mosby won a second, four-year term after defeating primary challengers Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah. Mosby declined Wednesday to say whether she would seek a third term. “Right now, I’m focused on running my office,” she said.

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