Mike Hellgren et al., WJZ, November 9, 2023
Baltimore’s former top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, has been found guilty of two counts of perjury—after one day of deliberations.
After the judge read the instructions Wednesday afternoon, the jurors were excused and were told that deliberations would start Thursday morning.
Mosby decided not to take the stand in her own defense in the trial, fearing prosecutors would ask damaging questions about her tax records and her credibility.
The government alleges the former Baltimore City state’s attorney lied about suffering business losses because of COVID-19 to get penalty-free withdrawals from her retirement account.
She used the money to buy vacation homes in Florida.
Much of the government’s case focuses on financial records surrounding Mosby’s Mahogany Elite travel operation, which the state’s attorney herself acknowledged made no money and had no clients.
“We should not allow Ms. Mosby to lie under oath because of her position,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Zelinsky told jurors in his closing argument.
“When the world was suffering the effects of COVID, Ms. Mosby took advantage of the situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Wes Moore expressed empathy.
“This is a difficult day for the city of Baltimore and are praying for her children because I know how difficult this must be for them,” Moore said.
Now, the big question is: what happens next? Many people are interested to know whether Mosby will be going to jail, but she won’t know her fate until after he next trial, according to criminal defense lawyer Andrew Alperstein. The second trial will focus on mortgage fraud.
Mosby served two terms as Baltimore City’s state’s attorney before losing re-election and leaving office in January.
The court separated the perjury and mortgage fraud chargesand moved them to Greenbelt after Mosby asserted she could not get a fair trial in Baltimore due to the publicity of the case.