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Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby didn’t waste any time playing the race card after being indicted on charges of perjury and making false mortgage applications in the purchase of two Florida homes.
Then again, only those who haven’t been paying attention to Mosby’s illustrious career would be surprised by this development.
In the pursuit of buying the properties, Mosby, who is best known for trying to railroad the police officers involved in the death of criminal suspect Freddie Gray, claimed to have “experienced adverse financial consequences from the Coronavirus as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or laid off; having reduced work hours; being unable to work due to lack of childcare; or the closing or reduction of hours of a business she owned or operated,” according to the Justice Department.
The Democrat allegedly made false statements “in applications for a $490,500 mortgage to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida and for a $428,400 mortgage to purchase a condominium in Long Boat Key, Florida,” the DOJ’s press release states.
By falsely claimed she was facing COVID-related financial troubles, Mosby was able to prematurely withdraw money from her city retirement account to help her buy the properties — she reportedly withdrew $40,000 at the time and another $50,000 in December of that year.
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Her attorney, A. Scott Bolden, was quick to chalk the indictment up to “racial animus.”
“I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that [Mosby] will prevail against these bogus charges — charges that are rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election,” Bolden said in a statement.
“The indictment is more telling for what is not in the indictment, rather than what is in there,” he added, calling the charges “a far cry from criminal tax evasion and tax related charges that were at the heart of this federal investigation. More importantly, Ms. Mosby has never lied or made a false statement in connection the allegations contained in the charging document.”
The attorney concluded by suggesting that the feds would “only conduct a criminal investigation in that manner meant if you were not interested in the truth or exculpatory evidence or justice, but rather only concerned with obtaining an indictment and bringing false charges against my client, at all or any costs.”
Mosby faces a maximum of five years in prison for each of the two counts of perjury, if convicted, and a maximum of 30 years for each of the two counts of making false mortgage loan applications.
Not to worry, though, as her pastor at the Empowerment Temple AME in Baltimore, Reverend Robert Turner, called for Devine intervention on Sunday during a sermon entitled “He dropped the charges.”
“Lord we call on you, in the name of Jesus that you cover, anoint and protect for all the fiery darts of the enemy,” Turner said, according to the Daily Mail. “We rebuke the enemy and his attack on their life. The Devil is a liar.”
“We surround her physically now, but spiritually forevermore, as we intercede on her behalf,” he would add. “Lord, we know you bring real justice, the real judge and jury. Protect her and be her advocate in her courtroom.”
In addition to singing her praises, Turner also brought Mosby up to the front of the church alongside her husband Baltimore City Council President, Nick Mosby, and gave her a platform to make her case — and here we thought Democrats insisted on the separation of church and state.
“We can certainly use your prayers. As a family, we are in the fight of our lives. But I stand before you confident and covered, trusting that with God on our side, I believe the fight is already fixed in my favor,” Mosby said, reading from a prepared statement on her phone.
“On Friday, I made a commitment to the citizens of Baltimore that I would not let the distraction of my federal indictment distract me or my team of doing the work of making Baltimore, healthier, safer or more equitable for everybody in our community,” the prosecutor said. “I make that same commitment to you all today.”
Mosby also declared her innocence against a backdrop of a pianist playing quietly in the best spirit of an altar call — the congregation would eventually respond to the production with applause.
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