Former public defender running for Hennepin County attorney

A prominent former defense attorney is hoping to switch to the other side of the courtroom.

Mary Moriarty announced Monday morning on Twitter that she’s running for Hennepin County attorney.

Moriarty was the first woman to be the county’s chief public defender in 2014.

Moriarty was suspended in December 2019 and was later removed from office in September 2020.

She is running for the office after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced last month that he isn’t pursuing another term.

The election will take place in November 2022.