Bernstein attracts second challenger in State's Attorney race

Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. plans to run to become Baltimore's top prosecutor, and will use a streamed video Wednesday and press conference next week to kick off his bid.

Incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein has already announced that he intends to seek a second term in next year's election, and Marilyn Mosby, a former prosecutor, is also running.

Neverdon, who represented Michael Maurice Johnson in the Phylicia Barnes murder trial, has not worked as a prosecutor.

He said in a statement that he wants to see the State's Attorney's Office focus on fewer cases and strengthen relations with the city's residents.

“We have to go back to the origin of Baltimore, which is a City of Neighborhoods, and begin understanding the many nuances that make us different, yet bind us together as one unified city,” Neverdon said.

"We have to be more efficient and targeted in our prosecutions, focused more on prosecuting repeat violent offenders through quality cases that result in lengthy prison sentences, rather than quantitative plea deals merely to pad the numbers.”

His position is similar to that of Mosby, who has also questioned whether Bernstein has done enough to foster community ties and put people in prison for long enough.

Neverdon is set to launch his campaign at noon Wednesday in an online announcement timed to coincide with the half-century anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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