BALTIMORE – All six attorneys for former City State’s Attorney Marylin Mosby have asked to withdraw from her perjury and mortgage fraud charges, and for a federal attorney to take over on their behalf, according to and an appeal was filed in the District Court of Maryland.
The motion — filed on behalf of his six private attorneys — came after a series of decisions earlier this week there were major setbacks for them, including the possibility of criminal charges against their lead attorney, A. Scott Bolden.
Four attorneys with Bolden’s law firm said they could no longer represent Mosby because of a conflict of interest, while two other attorneys said there was no their time and resources are devoted to the opposing side.
In order to approve their request, the court must find that there is a conflict of interest, Baltimore attorney Jeremy Elderridge told WJZ’s Kelsey Kushner.
“It’s a concern—counting your tea leaves—that’s happening behind closed doors,” Elderridge said.
Mosby recently left office after serving two high-profile terms as Baltimore’s state attorney. He was defeated in the Democratic primary last year after the state attorney general he was charged lied about having health-related financial problems in order to withdraw from his retirement account early. He used the money to buy two vacation homes in Florida.
Mosby faces two counts of forgery and mortgage fraud. His trial is scheduled to begin March 27 in Baltimore.
During Tuesday’s hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby said Bolden had violated several court rules in recent months. The misconduct — which includes using profanity on the courthouse steps, revealing confidential juror responses and filing a motion without a Maryland law license — can justify the punish crimes, Griggsby said. He gave Bolden until January 31 to argue why he should not be allowed.
In their request to withdraw, the attorneys said they had recently discussed the matter with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for Maryland, who could represent Mosby moving forward.
“There may be an argument that there is a broken relationship or an irreparable damage to that relationship that causes attorney-client conflict but it is difficult to imagine because it seems to be the same at the time whole,” Eldridge said.
He thought Bolden’s behavior was the reason for the move.
“Sometimes it’s an accident that happens out of nowhere, and here, when you have the judge sentencing A Scott Bolden publicly, then you see the lawyers trying to get them out of the case, those things the two must be connected,” Eldridge said.
In 2020, Mosby submitted one withdrawal request of $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from Baltimore projects that have been postponed, according to his indictment. Prosecutors allege Mosby falsely claimed to have suffered financial hardship due to the coronavirus, but he actually received nearly $250,000 in salary in 2020.
His attorneys argued that COVID-19 had an impact on financial markets and Mosby’s travel and consulting business. They have accused prosecutors of having racial or political motives for pursuing the case, though Griggsby has previously denied them. Evidence of malicious prosecution.
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Kelsey Kushner contributed to this story.