Disgraced ex-Baltimore DA Marilyn Mosby cries victim, wants a pardon from Biden before sentencing

Disgraced former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is seeking a pardon from President Joe Biden before her sentencing on May 23rd.

Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC program this Wednesday, Mosby claimed that she’s done “absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal, nothing criminal,” and that pardoning her would be the right thing for the president to do.

“I think that is appropriate,” she said. “I know that I have done absolutely nothing wrong, nothing criminal, nothing to be separated from my children for 40 years as a result of withdrawing $90,000 of my own money. It makes absolutely no sense.”

“I’m confident that this administration will see past the political attacks,” she added, falsely attributing her legal dilemmas to attacks by Republicans.

Listen:

“They have targeted me,” Mosby continued. “This is a four-year-long investigation where they combed every aspect of my life, unannounced, going into people’s homes, knocking on my neighbor’s doors, intimidating folks, issuing subpoenas to the black churches five months before my re-election, not only to get me out of office, but they’ve done this to demonize me and to vilify me and to break me psychologically, professionally, break me spiritually, break me financially.”

FYI, the prosecutor handling her case is a Democrat, and the judge overseeing the case was appointed by none other than President Biden.

As previously reported, Mosby was convicted in November on two counts of perjury “relating to the withdrawal of funds from the City of Baltimore’s Deferred Compensation Plan claiming that she suffered adverse financial consequences during the COVID-19 pandemic when she was Baltimore City State’s Attorney,” according to a Department of Justice press release.

“[O]n May 26, 2020 and December 29, 2020, Mosby submitted ‘457(b) Coronavirus-Related Distribution Requests’ for one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, from City of Baltimore’s Deferred Compensation Plan,” the press release adds.

“Trial evidence proved that Mosby falsely certified that she met at least one of the qualifications for a distribution as defined under the CARES Act, specifically, that she experienced adverse financial consequences from the Coronavirus,” the press release continues.

Mosby defended her withdrawal of money Wednesday.

“This is not PPE loans, this is not COVID relief funding,” she said. “This is the money I was putting away every two weeks in a retirement savings account.”

Uh huh …

“If they can do this to Marilyn Mosby, who had the audacity to challenge the status quo, they can do this to anybody,” Mosby added.

She evidently “challenged the status quo” by defending criminals and decriminalizing “sex work.”

There’s just one problem with all this: She hasn’t actually submitted an application to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. The good news for her is that, apparently, the application isn’t necessary to get a pardon.

“A second route [to a pardon] that was particularly popular during the Trump administration would be to find a way to grab the president’s attention,” Jeffrey Crouch, a politics professor at American University, told The Baltimore Sun.

“Trump would sometimes grant clemency to individuals he learned about through the media or word of mouth,” he added.

In fairness, things haven’t been running the same under Biden.

“Biden … has largely used his pardons for people who were convicted of drug crimes,” the Sun notes. “In general, pardons are exceedingly rare: Biden has received nearly 1,000 pardon petitions during his term and has granted only 24.”

Eric Bacaj, a former federal prosecutor now with the firm Silverman Thompson Slutkin & White, agrees.

“It’s a vanishingly small number of pardon petitions that are granted,”  he told the paper. “It’s a long shot for any criminal defendant.”

But that hasn’t stopped Mosby from going so far as to launch an online petition that’s now being promoted by the likes of notorious racial grievance monger Angela Rye:

“Attorney Marilyn Mosby is being punished for her relentless commitment to pursuing and upholding justice,” the petition reads. “DOJ is recklessly and irresponsibly continuing the Trump-era persecution of Attorney Mosby for accessing and using HER OWN FUNDS! In November 2023, Attorney Mosby was wrongfully convicted on two counts of perjury for withdrawing $40,000 and $50,000 from her own retirement account.”

That said, Crouch appears to remain doubtful that Biden will really pardon her.

“People with money, connections, and status may have better odds, but it’s unclear how much better,” he said. “President Biden has not shown much willingness to entertain clemency for some of the prominent names that have been swirling in the news, such as Donald Trump or [his son] Hunter Biden.”

Vivek Saxena

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