Stephen H. Sachs

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Stephen H. Sachs
40th Attorney General of Maryland
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Born (1934-01-31) January 31, 1934 (age 85)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Stephen H. Sachs (born January 31, 1934)[1] is a former Maryland politician and former Attorney General of Maryland.


Sachs was born in Baltimore City, the son of Shirley (née Blum) and Leon Sachs. He is Jewish.[1] Sachs was educated at Haverford College (B.A.) and Yale Law School (LL.B.). He was admitted to the bar in 1960.[2]


Sachs served as Assistant US Attorney (Maryland) from 1961 to 1964. He was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Maryland in 1967, serving until 1970. He prosecuted the Catonsville Nine in 1968.

Sachs returned to private practice in 1970. During Watergate Sachs represented former Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray.[3][4]

Sachs was elected the 40th Attorney General of Maryland in 1978[5] and was reelected in 1982.[6] He was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1986 Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary[7] with Parren Mitchell as his running mate,[8] losing to eventual general election winner William Donald Schaefer.[9]

Sachs was a partner in the firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (aka WilmerHale) from 1987 until his retirement in 1999.[10] In 1989 and 1990 Sachs represented Dr. Elizabeth Morgan in a well-publicized international child custody case.[11][12] In 1999 Sachs was an attorney representing Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt in the investigation of allegations that Babbitt lied to Congress.[13]

In 2008, Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Sachs to head an independent review of Maryland State Police infiltration of activist groups that were acting lawfully.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Maryland Attorneys General, 1777-". Maryland Manual On-Line. Maryland State Archives. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Stephen H. Sachs - Lawyer Profile". Find A Lawyer, Law Firm, Attorney & Legal Services. martindale. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Drummond, Roscoe (November 25, 1973). "Those Busy Democratic Lawyers". Oxnard Press-Courier. Washington Focus. p. 4. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Tapper, Jake (June 6, 2005). "Son of L. Patrick Gray Says Claims About His Father Are 'Categorically False'". ABC News. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns - MD Attorney General Race - Nov 07, 1978". Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - MD Attorney General Race - Nov 02, 1982". Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  7. ^ "Candidates for Governor in the 1986 Gubernatorial Primary Election". Maryland State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Steve Sachs - Parren Mitchell - One Maryland". Digital Commons. University of Maryland School of Law. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - MD Governor - D Primary Race - Sep 09, 1986". Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  10. ^ "Stephen H. Sachs, Retired Partner". Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  11. ^ Barringer, Felicity (September 26, 1989). "Prison Releases A Defiant Mother". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  12. ^ Barringer, Felicity (February 25, 1990). "Child's 15,000-Mile Odyssey In a Troubling Custody Case". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  13. ^ Miller, Bill (July 8, 1999). "Babbitt Finishes Grand Jury Testimony". The Washington Post. p. A5. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  14. ^ Peirce, Carolyn (August 1, 2008). "O'Malley picks head of panel probing activist spying". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
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Preceded by
George A. Nilson
Attorney General of Maryland
Succeeded by
J. Joseph Curran, Jr.