The public prosecutor’s team cannot be disbanded now, lawyers say

BALTIMORE — After the attorney for former Baltimore attorney Marilyn Mosby asked to stop representing her in an ongoing foreclosure and mortgage fraud case, prosecutors filed a motion Saturday to challenge the request.

They said the judge should require five of Mosby’s six attorneys to remain in the case, which is scheduled for trial on March 27 in Baltimore, because a large trip could delay the proceedings. The day of judgment has already been pushed back several times.

Mosby’s entire defense team tried to resign last week after a series of recent decisions created major problems for them, including the possibility of criminal charges. criminal charges against his lead attorney, A. Scott Bolden.

U.S. District Court Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby ruled last week that Bolden had violated several court rules in recent months, including when he used the words starch on courthouse conditions, disclose confidential answers and file a motion without a Maryland law license.

In the withdrawal request, Bolden, along with three other attorneys who work at his firm, said they could no longer represent Mosby due to a conflict of interest, while the other two said they did not have the time and resources to take his defense. .

Prosecutors did not oppose Bolden’s resignation request, but said his five colleagues failed to show good cause for the resignation. removed.

“The Government believes that this matter will be handled in a more professional and interpersonal matter by one of the other five lawyers who are representing the accused,” the government’s lawyers wrote. at their request.

Mosby recently left office after serving two high-profile terms as Baltimore’s state attorney. He lost the Democratic primary last year after prosecutors accused him of lying about having financial problems in order to withdraw from his retirement account early. . He used the money to buy two vacation homes in Florida and is now facing two counts of forgery and mortgage fraud.

Prosecutors said the defense team should have been more aggressive in continuing to represent Mosby without Bolden’s assistance.

“In summary, this is not a case involving sophisticated financial transactions, multiple defendants or complex charges,” they wrote. “This is a case of a defendant who lied on four separate occasions about his personal finances in order to purchase two homes in Florida.”

However, defense attorneys said they recently discussed the case with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for Maryland, which could represent Mosby moving forward. Generally, public defenders are appointed to people who cannot afford personal counsel.

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 have accused Mosby of falsely testifying that he experienced financial hardship because of the the coronavirusbut he actually received his salary of almost $250,000 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, although Griggsby previously rejected their claims of retaliation.

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