Ed Norris

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Ed Norris
Superintendent of Maryland State Police
Preceded by David B. Mitchell
Succeeded by Thomas E. Hutchins
Baltimore City Police Commissioner
In office
Preceded by Ronald Daniel
Succeeded by Kevin P. Clark
Personal details
Born New YorkNew York, NY

Edward T. Norris (b. April 10, 1960[1]) is an American radio host and former law enforcement officer in Maryland. He is the cohost of a talk show on WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) in Baltimore, Maryland. Norris, a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department, served as Police Commissioner for Baltimore from 2000 to late 2002 and Superintendent of the Maryland State Police in 2003. Norris was later convicted of a felony and spent six months in federal prison.

Law enforcement career[edit]

In March 2000, Norris was selected to become Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department by Mayor Martin O'Malley. He left the Baltimore Police Department in December 2002 in a flurry of media speculation about acrimony between Norris and staffers in the O'Malley administration. Norris continues to have an acrimonious relationship with members of the O'Malley administration.[citation needed]

In 2002, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich appointed Norris as Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. He resigned from that position when he was indicted on criminal charges. Norris continues to have a good relationship with Ehrlich, who is a frequent guest on the Ed Norris Show.[citation needed]


In December 2003, Norris was indicted on three charges by U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiagio. Two of the counts charged Norris had made illegal personal expenditures of over $20,000 to pay for expensive gifts, personal expenses, and extramarital affairs with at least six women from the Baltimore Police Department’s supplemental account.[2] The third count alleged that he had lied on a mortgage application, stating that approximately $9,000 he received from his father was a gift, when it was actually a loan.

On March 8, 2004 Norris pled guilty to federal corruption and tax charges.[3] Norris was sentenced to six months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised probation and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service.

Despite pleading guilty, Norris has stated that he believes he was politically railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor. In an October 9, 2006 newspaper article Norris admitted to using the money from the alleged accounts, but said that he paid it back in full before he left office to take the position of Maryland State Police Superintendent. "Even things that weren’t questionable I paid back."[4]

Radio career/other media[edit]

Norris is currently the cohost of the Norris and Davis Show on WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) in Baltimore, Maryland. The show broadcasts from 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM Eastern Time. The show focuses mainly on Baltimore and national sports, but occasionally it touches on other issues such as crime and Maryland politics.

Norris also had a recurring minor role on HBO's The Wire, appearing in various episodes throughout the show's five season run as a homicide detective of the same name. His appearances are a source of irony on the show, and he is often given dialogue bemoaning the state of the police department. In addition, Norris faced a long prison sentence for an allegation of mortgage fraud,[5] a charge also used against Sen. Clay Davis in the series.[6]


  1. ^ Ed Norris at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Del Quentin Wilber (12 December 2003). "Norris pleads not guilty". The Baltimore Sun. 
  3. ^ Gail Gibson; Del Quentin Wilber (9 March 2004). "Norris enters plea of guilty to corruption". The Baltimore Sun. 
  4. ^ Broadwater, Luke (9 October 2006). "Former police chief wants pardon, old job back". The Baltimore Examiner. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Simon, David (7 June 2012). "Kwame Brown: Another federal case, another Head Shot.". The Audacity of Despair. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Freed, Benjamin (7 June 2012). "David Simon Calls Into Kojo Nnamdi Show to Criticize Case Against Kwame Brown". DCist. Gothamist LLC. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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Preceded by
Ronald Daniel
Baltimore Police Department Commissioner
Succeeded by
Kevin P. Clark