Progressive Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (D), who gained notoriety for her failed prosecution of six police officers in the in-custody death of Freddie Gray in 2015, has just been indicted on perjury and false statements charges related to multiple financial transactions, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The outlet noted that Mosby is accused of having falsely claimed to have experienced COVID-19-related financial hardship in order to make early, penalty-free withdrawals from her retirement plans, having made material misstatements on a mortgage loan application, and making false statements about the purpose of Florida real estate she was attempting to buy in order to secure a more favorable interest rate.
In response to the charges, Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, asserted that his client had long been unfairly targeted by prosecutors who were out to get her for personal reasons and that she will mount a strong defense.
“We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges – charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election,” Bolden declared.
In addition to her high-profile role in the aforementioned, ill-fated prosecution of police officers in the Freddie Gray case, Mosby also made headlines last year when she announced that she would make permanent a pandemic-related policy in which her office ceased prosecution of “low-level” crimes including drug possession, minor traffic violations, prostitution, and the like, as NBC News reported at the time.
Mosby, 41, has long boasted of her strong ties to embattled Vice President Kamala Harris, who publicly campaigned for the firebrand prosecutor back in 2017 by saying, “There are a lot of people who are highly critical of [Mosby] because she heard the voices of the people and said, ‘Even if I can’t win I’m going to do the right thing.’ It’s going to be rough … She cannot fail and I know she will not fail.”
The newly-indicted prosecutor, who reportedly has no plans to step down, has been equally effusive in her praise of Harris, saying back in 2020, “On a personal note, [Harris] has inspired Black women like me to run for office. There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris. When I won state’s attorney, Kamala was my inspiration.”
Should convictions be obtained against Mosby, she faces up to five years imprisonment in each of the two counts of perjury as well as up to 30 years for each of two counts of making false statements, according to the Sun.
Though Mosby predictably attempted to portray these charges as the product of racism and/or sexism, the fact they were brought by the Biden Justice Department will surely make that claim harder for her to argue, and with any luck, the truth of the defendant’s actions will be swiftly revealed and justice ultimately achieved.