AFL-CIO endorses Baltimore state’s attorney who faces federal indictment and violation of gag order

Marilyn Mosby speaking at Hastings Law School in February 2020

By Fiona Davis

BALTIMORE, MD — The Baltimore Metropolitan Council AFL-CIO has endorsed Marilyn Mosby for a third term as Baltimore City State’s Attorney, even as she faces federal indictment and charges of violating a gag order in the Keith Davis Jr.

Four months into her first term in 2015, Marilyn Mosby – the youngest elected chief prosecutor of any major city in the United States. – attracted national attention when his office charged six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal cord injury in police custody.

Now, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council AFL-CIO has announced it will endorse Mosby for a third term in the upcoming midterm elections.

According to the press release, the American Federal of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the AFL-CIO is often considered one of the most important endorsements a campaign can receive.

“Their ability to impact elections by providing resources on the ground as well as aggressive campaign communication is unparalleled,” the press release said.

Michael Spiller, acting president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council AFL-CIO, specifically praised Mosby for “his pursuit of a standard of justice for all,” as well as his “innovative work with young people in [Baltimore’s] town.”

“The Baltimore AFL-CIO metro area workers are proud to stand with Marilyn Mosby,” Spiller said in his endorsement of the nominee. “She works hard for the people and is the right leader to help lead our city to the better Baltimore we all want it to be.”

However, this approval follows several legal controversies involving Mosby.

Since last JanuaryMosby was indicted by a federal grand jury for perjury related to a financial hardship withdrawal related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grand jury also indicted her for making false mortgage applications, which were linked to two Florida vacation homes purchased in 2020.

According to the indictment, Mosby claimed to have experienced significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, using that rationale to opt out of Baltimore’s deferred compensation plan twice, receiving $40,000 and $50,000.

However, documentation from that time indicates that Mosby continued to earn a full salary throughout the pandemic which brought in $247,955.58 annually.

The indictment argues that, “rather than suffer a reduction in income in 2020, Mosby’s gross salary in 2020 increased from his gross salary in 2019, which was $238,772.04.”

The indictment also alleges that Mosby misrepresented loan applications, failing to disclose his federal tax obligations, in order to purchase two properties in Florida.

In response to the indictment, Mosby’s A. Scott Bolden strongly denied the grand jury’s allegations.

“Marilyn Mosby is innocent, was innocent, and we look forward to defending her in court and presenting evidence of her innocence to a jury of her peers,” Bolden said.

He accused the grand jury of bias, saying, “She will prevail against these false charges — charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animosity five months after her election.”

Simultaneously, Mosby faces new criticism over his involvement and potential violations of the law in the case of Keith Davis Jr.

In 2015, Davis Jr. was shot by Baltimore police more than 30 times on suspicion of the armed robbery of an unlicensed taxi driver.

Seven months after his arrest, having been charged by Mosby and suffering several serious injuries from police shootings, he was declared innocent when the taxi driver said he was not the man who stole it.

However, just a week after his acquittal, Mosby’s office then charged Davis Jr. with the homicide of a 22-year-old security guard who was killed the very morning of the armed robbery.

Six years later, after two mistrials and two overturned convictions, Davis Jr. is still being held and charged with the murder as he faces a fifth jury trial.

For this most recent trial, the Circuit Court Judge John S. Nugent issued a gag order to restrain Mosby, prosecutors, and defense attorneys associated with the Keith Davis Jr. murder case in order to prevent either party “intent to influence opinion public on the merits” of the case.

Despite this gag order, Mosby publicly discussed the case when she appeared on Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR-FM.

Following her radio appearance, public defenders for Davis Jr. filed a motion to hold Mosby in contempt for public remarks she made, arguing that her statements violated the gag order and that she had attempted to persuade the listeners of the accused’s guilt.

Judge Nugent then ordered Mosby to appear in court for the alleged violation. The chief prosecutor will have the ability to defend himself and his radio appearance in August.

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