Richard H Gibson, Jr., Howard County State's Attorney
Mr. Gibson graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Law and Justice. He then went to Howard University School of Law. While there he was an associate editor for the Social Justice Law Review and participated in the Street Law and Howard Law mentoring programs.
He graduated from Howard University Law School in 2003. Upon graduating law school, he then took and passed both the New Jersey and Maryland Bar Examinations and was admitted to practice law in both states.
In 2003, he began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Herman C. Dawson an Associate Judge with the 7th Judicial Circuit for the Circuit Court of Maryland, located in Prince George’s County.
After finishing his year as a law clerk, he began his career as a prosecutor with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. First, in District Court handling traffic and minor criminal cases; then progressing on to more serious cases in Juvenile and Circuit Court. While in the Juvenile Division, in addition to prosecuting cases, he was the coordinator for the Juvenile Drug Court on behalf of the State’s Attorney’s Office.
In 2006, Mr. Gibson, left the Prince George’s County State Attorney’s Office and began his employment as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. There he began his work in the General Trial Unit handling cases related to robberies, burglaries, and home invasions. Within a year he was promoted to the Firearms Investigations Violence Enforcement (F.I.V.E.) Unit where he prosecuted non-fatal shootings. In 2007, he was again promoted to the Homicide Unit where he remained for approximately 5 years, handling cases where people were wrongfully killed within Baltimore City. In 2012, he was selected to be a member of the elite Major Investigations Unit where he was responsible for overseeing the investigation, planning, and implementation of specific prosecutorial and policing strategies to target individuals who pose the greatest risk to the safety of the citizens of Baltimore City. In 2016, Rich was elevated to the position of Team Captain within the Major Investigations Unit where he supervised a team of trial attorneys who are focused on the strategic targeting and prosecution of violent repeat offenders. Additionally, in 2016 Rich was recognized for his contributions to the criminal justice community and skill as a prosecutor when he named the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Prosecutor of the Year, by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigation Network (M.A.R.G.I.N.). In October of 2018, Rich was selected to receive the Criminal Justice Reform Award by the Maryland Emerging Leaders PAC for his efforts in addressing implicit bias in the criminal justice system. On November 6, 2018, Rich was elected to be Howard County State’s Attorney. He is the first African American to hold this position.
Mr. Gibson is the President of the Beechwood Overlook Homeowners Association. He was the Co-chair for the Maryland State Bar Association Membership Committee, formerly was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Committee for Special Appointments, he is a Past-President of the Waring Mitchell Law Society, which is the minority bar association for Howard County, Maryland. He has been selected to be a Maryland Bar Foundation fellow, is a member of the James MacGill American Inn of Court, a Board member of the Columbia Democratic Club and Voices for Children, a non-profit organization that oversees providers for children in need of assistance in Howard County. Additionally, he was an appointed member of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.
He is married and has three wonderful children.
The Office of the State's Attorney for Howard County is responsible for the prosecution of all criminal cases arising within the geographical boundaries of Howard County. Mandated by the state constitution, each political jurisdiction -- Baltimore City and each county, has its own elected State's Attorney who serves for a four year term.
The State's Attorney represents the State at the trial level in both the District and Circuit Courts. Additionally, the office represents Howard County in civil forfeiture cases. The office is staffed with over thirty skilled, dedicated and highly ethical prosecutors who ably represent the public safety concerns of the citizens of Howard County in obtaining justice. The State's Attorney is proud of our specialized Victim Witness Unit whose advocates work to ensure that each victim and witness is treated with dignity and respect. Our dedicated staff assists prosecutors in case preparation and presentation.
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