Fifteen years before standing in front of reporters announcing the indictment of six Baltimore cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was standing in front of Judge Judith Sheindlin. The then-20-year-old college student appeared on Judge Judy after her Tuskegee, Ala., apartment was ransacked by neighbor Ryan Johnson while she was away on summer vacation.
Known as Marilyn James back then, the future state’s attorney brought her legal-acumen A-game to the hearing. Not only did James have proof that her neighbor had destroyed her apartment, but she also stood her ground against him.
“It was total disrespect,” she told Judge Judy. “Basically, my apartment was a wreck.”
But Johnson didn’t just wreck the apartment; apparently he also held a baby shower in it. James had photos of decorations and other shower items.
“You think a burglar would make a baby shower?” Judge Judy asked Johnson.
In the end, Judge Judy awarded James a $2,000 judgment for damages.
Fast-forward 15 years, and all eyes are on James, now Mosby, once again. This time a city is reeling over the aftermath of Gray’s death, allegedly as a result of actions by the six cops charged.