Former Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s entire legal team has asked a federal judge to opt out of representing the city’s top prosecutor.
Attorney A. Scott Bolden, who was previously part of Mosby’s legal team, said he is stepping down from the case due to a contempt of court charge brought against him while working on the former prosecutor’s case, according to PKB 45.
The other attorneys have not yet explained why they are stepping down from the case, but have requested the appointment of a public defender.
Bolden said in the filing that he needed to focus on his defense against the contempt of court charge after he swore while airing court criticism and sharing confidential jury information.
“In doing so, Mr. Bolden must, understandably, focus on his own interests, not the interests of his client, Ms. Mosby,” the filing said. “The representation of Mr. Bolden (and of the entire Reed Smith team) will be – and has already been – materially limited by reason of Mr. Bolden’s justified personal interest in the outcome of his own contempt proceedings before the courtyard.”
“Ms. Mosby is entitled to an efficient and conflict-free lawyer, and if that lawyer needs time to prepare, that time must be granted, regardless of the government’s interest in maintaining the current trial schedule, because all such is more than offset by Ms. Mosby’s Sixth Amendment right to a constitutionally effective conflict-free attorney,” Bolden added in the filing.
Mosby was indicted in 2022 for making false mortgage applications and perjury, both of which are related to vacation home purchases in Florida.
She pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Court documents say Mosby allegedly lied by citing coronavirus hardship as a reason for making withdrawals from his city retirement account. Mosby reportedly certified that she met at least one qualification for distribution under the CARES Act and “affirms[ed] statements and acknowledgments made in this application under penalty of perjury.
Mosby allegedly requested two one-time withdrawals of $40,000 and $50,000 from her city retirement account, resulting in deposits of $36,000 and $45,000 into her bank account, and also alleges that she used the money for down payments on two separate vacation homes in Florida.
The former prosecutor suffered no negative financial consequences from the coronavirus pandemic as she received her full salary of $247,955.58 from January 1, 2020 until December 29, 2020.
If convicted, Mosby could face up to five years in prison for the two counts of perjury and up to 30 years in prison for each of the two counts of false mortgage applications.