Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby defeated in primary
A woke Baltimore prosecutor who aligned himself with criminal justice reformers but ended up facing a million-dollar perjury trial for COVID fraud has lost the Democratic primary to keep his job.
Two-term holder Marilyn Mosby lost the race to defense attorney Ivan Bates, who is likely to become the city’s next prosecutor after pledging to curb rising crime rates.
Mosby was charged earlier this year with two counts of perjury and misrepresentation on a loan application to purchase a home in Kissimmee, Florida, and a condominium in LongBoat Key, Florida. , for an amount of 1.02 million dollars.
The indictment accuses Mosby of falsely stating that the COVID-19 pandemic had hurt her finances so she could withdraw $90,000 from her city retirement account. Mosby’s gross salary in 2020 was over $247,000 and was never reduced, according to the indictment.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges and suggested she was only politically targeted because she was “woke and black”.
Baltimore District Attorney Marilyn Mosby lost her re-election bid after defense attorney Ivan Bates beat her in the Democratic primaries
Bates (above) is likely to become the city’s next prosecutor, as he has pledged to curb rising crime rates. He will face an unaffiliated candidate in November
Mosby said she conceded to Bate on Saturday morning and there would be a smoother power transition. It comes after she was indicted earlier this year on two counts of perjury and misrepresentation on a loan application to purchase a home and condo.
Mosby, 41, said she conceded on Saturday morning and her office was “fully prepared to facilitate a smooth and orderly transition into the new administration.”
Mosby rose to national prominence in 2015 when she pursued criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a spinal injury after police handcuffed, shackled and placed him head first in a van.
His death sparked riots and protests, and none of the officers involved have been convicted.
Mosby has presented herself as a leader in police reform, but in January she faced legal scrutiny for allegedly falsifying financial figures to qualify for COVID-19 relief loans. 19 to buy a $913,000 house in Kissimmee and a $732,000 condo in LongBoat Key.
She was accused of falsely claiming she was facing COVID-related financial problems to use her city’s retirement fund to help her buy the Kissimmee property, which she then allegedly claimed as her residence. secondary in order to obtain a lower interest rate.
She condemned the allegations as a “racist witch hunt” and called for the case to be thrown out, accusing federal prosecutors of having a personal vendetta against her, saying one of the legal eagles even spread rumors according to which she allegedly cheated on her husband.
Prosecutors said Mosby falsely claimed she was facing COVID-related financial problems to use her city’s retirement fund to help her buy property in Kissimmee. She was also accused of pretending that this house was a second home in order to obtain a lower interest rate.
Pictured: The $732,000 condo in Longboat Key, Florida, bought by Mosby
Mosby has denied any wrongdoing regarding the purchases and claimed the charges she faces were all part of a “racist witch hunt” targeting the woke DA.
Baltimore is heavily Democratic and there is no Republican candidate in the race for Attorney General.
Bates will face Roya Hanna, an unaffiliated candidate, in the November general election.
Bates, who is managing partner of the Baltimore law firm Bates and Garcia, worked as a Baltimore prosecutor from 1996 to 2002 before becoming a defense attorney.
He campaigned on his experience, stressing that the city needed a change of direction with ethical, transparent and effective prosecutions.
Bates also beat Thiru Vignarajah, a former assistant attorney general.
“Today Baltimore decided it was time for a change,” Bates wrote on Twitter. “A huge thank you to all my supporters.
“I recognize that the work of helping to build a safer Baltimore is a huge challenge. I am ready to lead – and work with collaborators on all sides to help make this a reality.
Violent crime has been particularly salient in Baltimore in recent years. There have been over 300 homicides in each of the past seven years.
Earlier this year, Maryland’s largest city had its deadliest January in nearly half a century with 36 homicides.
It took until Friday to call Bates’ Democratic primary as margins were tighter and more mail-in ballots were cast in the race.
The election took place on Tuesday. Maryland law prohibits counties from opening mail-in ballots until the Thursday following Election Day.