Baltimore district attorney files “malicious” complaint against her
Baltimore’s top prosecutor asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against her, alleging the prosecution was motivated by “malicious personal, political and even racial animosity.”
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was charged last month with perjury and false mortgage applications for the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida. She pleaded not guilty.
In a motion to dismiss filed by her lawyers on Friday, Mosby alleges that the lawsuits against her “are the culmination of a long crusade to ruin the political career of a young, progressive black elected official.”
In particular, it targets the lead prosecutor in the case, Asst. US Attorney Leo Wise, alleging he led a prosecution team that ignored her requests to testify and offer exculpatory evidence in her defense to the grand jury that indicted her. Mosby also alleges that U.S. Attorney Erek Barron, who is overseeing the lawsuits against her, “expressed his disapproval” of her, both personally and professionally.
Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, did not immediately respond to a voicemail and email seeking comment on Mosby’s allegations.
Mosby, 41, was elected Baltimore State’s Attorney in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. She received national acclaim in 2015 for bringing criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose the neck was broken in custody. Gray’s death sparked protests and riots. None of the officers have been convicted.
The four-count indictment alleges Mosby lied about meeting qualifications for a city’s 2020 retirement plan coronavirus-related distributions. Federal prosecutors also allege Mosby lied about 2020 mortgage application forms to buy a house in Kissimmee, Florida and a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida.
His attorney, A. Scott Bolden, said the state of Mosby’s fledgling private businesses — Mahogany Elite Travel, Mahogany Elite Enterprises LLC and Mahogany Elite Consulting — allowed him to make the withdrawals.
In the motion to dismiss the indictment, Mosby alleges that the charge is motivated by an attempt to harm his chances of being re-elected. The election is scheduled for June.
Mosby says the animosity between the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland and her dates back to 2017, when she claims Wise and former acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning “started a smear campaign” to falsely accuse him. , she and her staff, of leaking details of a police investigation into corruption. to the main suspect. She said Wise donated to two challengers when he ran for re-election in 2018.
Mosby accuses Wise of treating her “unfairly, inappropriately and unethically”.
“Overall, the animosity of the prosecution team – and Mr. Wise in particular – is sufficient to warrant dismissal of the indictment,” the motion states.