In a significant legal development, Marilyn Mosby, former Baltimore City State’s Attorney, was convicted of two counts of perjury by a federal jury in Maryland. Serving as the city’s highest-ranking prosecutor from 2015 to early this year, Mosby’s conviction marks a dramatic fall from grace.
The case centered around Mosby’s claims of “financial hardship” during the pandemic, leading her to obtain federal funds illegally. The Justice Department revealed that these funds were used for down payments on two vacation homes in Florida, casting a shadow on her integrity.
The jury’s decision came swiftly, following deliberations that began on Thursday after the trial commenced earlier in the week. Mosby chose not to testify in her defense. In January of 2023, her entire defense team was allowed to abandon the former prosecutor because if differences.
Mosby’s legal team has not responded to requests for comment.
Her tenure as high-profile cases marked State’s Attorney, notably the prosecution of six officers in the Freddie Gray case – a Black man who died in police custody in 2015. Mosby went on a witch hunt that was so egregious she was kicked out of office, sued, and lost all her cases.
The Department of Justice disclosed that Mosby falsely claimed financial distress to withdraw amounts of $40,000 and $50,000 under the CARES Act. The indictment, filed in January 2022, highlighted that Mosby did not suffer any financial setback from the pandemic. Contrary to her claims, records show she received her full salary of $247,955.58 in 2020.
Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the two perjury counts.
But that’s not all.
Mosby is facing a second federal case for making false mortgage applications over the two Florida vacation homes. If convicted the former prosecutor faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years for each of the two counts.
According to reports when Mosby walked out of the courtroom after being found guilty she said, “I’m blessed.”