BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A federal judge ruled Thursday against all three motions by Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s defense, including motions to dismiss her charges and remove a particular prosecutor from the case.
A grand jury indicted Mosby in January on four felonies, including charges of perjury and false testimony. Federal prosecutors allege she lied about suffering COVID-19 hardships to withdraw money from her retirement account without penalty and falsified information on Florida vacation home loan applications.
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Mosby’s attorneys allege that Assistant US Attorney Leo Wise and US Attorney for Maryland Erek Barron both have prejudices against Mosby. Her defense moved that Wise – who had donated to Mosby’s top challenger in the 2018 election cycle – be removed from the case.
“If it were a storybook, it would be called ‘Selective and Vindictive Prosecution,’ and the author of that storybook would be that [United States] government in this case,” Mosby’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, said at a filing hearing Thursday.
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Wise replied that he had not influenced the prosecution in any way.
“On one point I agree with Mr. Bolden that he told a story…I’m the line district attorney,” he said. “I’m one of three in this case. I work for the federal government. I could no more choose to prosecute someone than I could authorize airstrikes in Russia.”
BREAKING: Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby rules against all three defense motions to: dismiss the charges; depose Leo Wise as prosecutor; and the application for a performance overview.
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In addition to seeking Wise’s impeachment, Mosby’s defense asked prosecutors for a “particulars list” detailing how Mosby lied about mortgage applications and withdrawing money from her retirement account, among other things. The request was rejected.
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Mosby also this week announced her re-election bid to remain Baltimore’s top attorney. She officially ran for re-election on Thursday.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/04/14/marilyn-mosby-defense-motions-dismissed/ Judge denies Mosby’s defense requests to drop case and remove prosecutor – CBS Baltimore