Bernstein takes over, announces agenda
I guess we can forgive Gregg L. Bernstein for anticipating a packed audience for his ceremonial swearing-in on Tuesday as the city's new state's attorney -- the official one was Monday. He scanned the audience inside the grand ceremonial courtroom at the Mitchell Courthouse and proclaimed:
"What a crowd!"
It wasn't an impromptu remark. When we got a text of his speech, we discovered the crowd line had been scripted in. But it turned out to be correct -- he did play to a packed audience -- and that seems to befit the high expectations that with Bernstein the top prosecutor and Frederick H. Bealefeld III the top cop, something will change for the better in Baltimore.
(Bernstein is shown at left with his wife, Sheryl Goldstein, announcing his election victory. The picture is by The Sun's Lloyd Fox).
No doubt police and prosecutors will cooperate more and agree on a crime fighting strategy. Bernstein spent hours in a patrol car with Bealefeld in the opening hours of New Year's and saw first-hand how the city is policed. Bealefeld supported Bernstein from the start, and during the ride he called the prosecutor "the new sheriff in town."
In his remarks Tuesday, Bernstein said: