Presented by Hopkins at Home and the Johns Hopkins University Press
Leo Wise, A&S '99, SAIS '00, presents his book Who Speaks for You?: The Inside Story of the Prosecutor Who Took Down Baltimore's Most Crooked Cops, the true story of how federal law enforcement flipped the playbook and convicted a corrupt unit of Baltimore police.
Our conversation will be introduced and moderated by Camille Fesche, A&S '02.
Leo J. Wise, A&S '99 SAIS '00, is a federal prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent his entire career in public service, serving in all three branches of the federal government and the military. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School.
In 2015 and 2016, Baltimore was reeling after the death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed. In the midst of this unrest, a violent, highly trained, and heavily armed criminal gang roamed the city. They robbed people, sold drugs and guns, and divided the loot and profit among themselves. They had been doing it for years. But these were not ordinary career criminals. They were the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). Formed in 2007 to get the guns and criminals responsible for Baltimore's high crime rates off the streets, they went rogue and abused their power to terrorize people throughout the city.
On March 1, 2017, all members of the GTTF were arrested on federal racketeering charges. In Who Speaks for You?, Leo Wise, the lead federal prosecutor in the case, tells you how. Wise gives an inside look into the investigation and prosecution of this group of elite and corrupt cops. He shares the unbelievable twists and turns of the case, revealing not only what these officers did but how they were brought to justice. Wise dramatically recounts how his team put together their case, what happened during the trial and court proceedings, and how his team successfully prosecuted these extraordinary defendants. This is the firsthand story of a once-in-a-generation police corruption case told by the prosecutor who was intimately involved in every step of the investigation.
Camille G. Fesche, Esq. (A&S '02) is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Government Relations Division of her firm, Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC. She is an effective advocate for a diverse group of clients with complicated and nuanced issues. She represents clients before the Maryland General Assembly, Montgomery and Baltimore Counties, and procurement decision-makers. She works closely with clients to develop goals and implement both short- and long-term strategies. She was named a Maryland Rising Star in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In addition, she was selected to the 2017 VIP List and 2021 Top 100 Women awarded by The Daily Record. Camille received her BA in International Relations with a minor in History from Johns Hopkins University. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Event DateTuesday, April 4, 2023Start Time: 2:00pm EDTEnd Time: 3:00pm EDT
ContactOffice of Alumni Relations - Lifelong LearningHopkins at Homehopkinsathome@jhu.edu
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