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In the matter of the December 29, 2021 police-invovled shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In the matter of the December 29, 2021 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between Howard and Montgomery Counties, which stipulates that when a fatal officer-involved use of force occurs in one county, the other county’s State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute the matter, Howard County has notified Montgomery County that it reached a conclusion in the shooting of Osman Sesay, 27, of Silver Spring, MD, following an investigation conducted by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General now investigates all deadly uses of force by officers across the state. The change took effect Oct. 1, 2021, as part of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

Montgomery and Howard Counties entered into the agreement about the prosecution of police-involved use of force deaths in 2015 following a nationwide recommendation from the Obama Administration. It was formalized with a written Memorandum of Understanding in 2019. The agreement was and remains the first of its kind in Maryland and aims to ensure transparency and unbiased prosecution.

REPORT - December 2021 Event (pdf file)

Link to body worn camera video released by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General on January 12, 2022:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXk_CAETqOA

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the July 16, 2021 police-invovled shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the July 16, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this written memorandum detailing its investigation and conclusion regarding a Police- Involved Shooting that occurred on July 16, 2021 in Gaithersburg, Maryland

REPORT - July 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

The Magnolia Companies has proudly chosen to partner with the State's Attorney's Office for Montgomery County in support of their program, "Speak Up, Save a Life."

Magnolia Plumbing is partnering with our Speak Up, Save A Life Campaign. We will be visiting new schools next month to talk about it and the Good Samaritan Law. Thanks to Phil Andrews and former A.S.A. Steve Chaikin for their work on this!

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John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

30 Years For Defendant in Love Triangle Stabbing Murder

Defendant, Denzel Kasaka, was sentenced by the honorable Judge David Lease to 40 years suspend all but 30 for the death of Jose Ruiz. During trial, A.S.A.s Donna Fenton and Jennifer Harrison explained how the defendant used Instagram to threaten and stalk his ex-girlfriend and the victim, locating them in a parking lot, exiting his vehicle and engaging in a fist fight with the victim. Denzel Kasaka then retrieved a knife from his vehicle and stabbed Jose Ruiz to death. During the press conference following sentencing, S.A. McCarthy took the opportunity to mention how the SAO is supporting legislation in Annapolis that would broaden the definition of stalking toinclude electronic devices.

Article - WUSA9

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Dentist Charged with Murder of Girlfriend

Germantown oral surgeon, Dr. James Ryan, is charged with second-degree murder for the overdose death of his girlfriend and former patient, Sarah Harris. S.A. McCarthy joined Police Chief Marcus Jones for a press conference following the arrest. A.S.A.s Kimberly Cissel, Jennifer Harrison and Jim Dietrich are prosecuting the case along with Marybeth Ayers. Ryan has been ordered held without bond.

Article - New York Post

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Maryland Legislators Aim to Ban Ghost Guns

Legislation banning ghost guns in Maryland is making its way through Annapolis. It comes at a critical time as local jurisdictions report more incidents of crime involving these untraceable guns.

Video - NBC Washington

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Court Upholds Involuntary Manslaughter Charge for Fire in Secret Tunnels in Bethesda

The Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday upheld an involuntary manslaughter conviction for a wealthy stock trader in the fiery death of a man who was secretly helping him dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a home in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Article - NBC Washington

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Man Sentenced to 30 years for killing lover's husband in 2014

ASAs Marybeth Ayers and CJ Herbert secured the maximum sentence for Hussain Zadeh. He was convicted a second time following a reversal on the original conviction for the death of his girlfriend’s husband, Cecil Brown. Powerful prosecution led to justice served for the victim’s family. Some of Brown’s children and grandchildren spoke about their loss and how grateful they are for the work of the SAO.

Article - Bethesda Magazine

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Magruder High School Students Return 4 Days After Shooting

Students at Magruder High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, are set to return to school Tuesday, four days after a student was shot on campus. News4's Juliana Valencia reports on how students are showing resiliency and support for the community.

Video - NBC News Washington

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

The Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office leads the way in Reform and Innovation

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State’s Attorney John McCarthy Asks Independent Researchers to Look for Possible Bias in Prosecutorial Process.

As State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, my primary objective is to maintain public safety for all members of our diverse community. Critical to that mission is ensuring that criminal prosecutions are handled fairly and equitably across racial and ethnic lines.  Read More… (pdf file)

Prosecutorial Performance Indicators (PPI)

Montgomery County’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether racial bias plays a role in prosecutorial decisions within his own office. By Dan Morse, The Washington Post

The Montgomery County State’s Attorney is Putting His Own Office Under the Microscope.

Independent researchers will examine how county prosecutors administer justice. By Cory Smith, News 4 Washington

The Montgomery County States Attorney's Office is a Model of Reform.

State’s Attorney John McCarthy, announced a study to closely examine whether his own office has demonstrated a racial bias in prosecutorial decisions. That’s an extraordinary move, given that if bias is found by the independent research team, it will inevitably point a finger at Mr. McCarthy who is, after all, in charge of the office. That an elected official is willing to take this leap is not just a credit to him but should perhaps become a model for every state’s attorney in Maryland.  By The BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL BOARD

In the matter of the January 8, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the January 8, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between our two offices, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County is hereby providing this written memorandum detailing our investigation and the conclusions we reached regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on January 8, 2021 at 14 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

REPORT - January 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the February 6, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

In the matter of the February 6, 2021 police-involved shooting in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between our two offices, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County is hereby providing this written memorandum detailing our investigation and the conclusions we reached regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on February 6, 2021 in the 6000 block of Olney Laytonsville Road in Gaithersburg

REPORT - February 2021 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

State’s Attorney John McCarthy's Report on Howard County State's Attorney's Determination Regarding the Police-Involved Shooting in Potomac, Maryland.

In the matter of the March 12, 2020 police-involved shooting in Potomac, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on March 12, 2020 in Potomac, Maryland.

REPORT - March 2020 Event (pdf file)

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland
In the matter of the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In the matter of the May 7, 2020 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on May 7, 2020 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

REPORT - May 2020 Event
Police Body Worn Camera Video - Warning Graphic in Nature - Viewer Discretion is Advised

John J. McCarthy
State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

 

In the matter of the June 13, 2019 police-invovled shooting in Rockville, Maryland.

In the matter of the June 13, 2019 police-involved shooting in Rockville, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this written memorandum detailing its investigation and conclusion regarding a Police- Involved Shooting that occurred on June 13, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland

REPORT - June 2019 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Moving forward, prosecutors and police must pave the way to public trust

Moving forward, prosecutors and police must pave the way to public trust

As state's attorneys, our primary goal is to maintain public safety for all members of our communities. We must ensure that we hold to a philosophy of service and protection to the community rather than a militaristic warrior mentality. Integrity matters, and true public safety can be acheived only if we work together. Paving a pathway to public trust is that first step.

Article  - June 2020 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

In the matter of the January 16, 2019 death of Mikyas Tegegne.

In the matter of the January 16, 2019 police-involved shooting in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Pursuant to an agreement between the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office is providing this summary detailing the investigation and conclusions regarding a police-involved shooting that occurred on January 16, 2019 in Silver Spring, Maryland, resulting in the death of Mikyas Tegegne.

REPORT - January 2019 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

State’s Attorney's Office Seeks Justice for Youth Killed in Tunnel, Stock Trader Daniel Beckwitt Held Accountable in Death of Askia Khafra

State's Attorney's Office Seeks Justice for Youth Killed in Tunnel, Stock Trader Daniel Beckwitt Held Accountable in Death of Askia Khafra.

The 2  nd Degree Depraved Heart Murder Conviction of the Bethesda man exposes him to 30 years in prison. SA John McCarthy commends jury for seeing the recklessness and extreme lack of regard for human life of the defendant, praises family for strength and faithfulness under difficult circumstances.

Article  - April 2019 Event

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland

Memorandum of Understanding concerning in-custody/police invovled death investigations

Between the Howard County State's Attorney's Office and the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy joins State's Attorney for Howard County Rich Gibson at signing ceremony for their Memorandum of Understanding concerning in-custody/police involved death investigations.

MEMORANDUM

John J. McCarthy

State’s Attorney For Montgomery County, Maryland