Prosecutors push to show jury Marilyn Mosby’s response to Brew 2020 story that first leaked her travel company

Federal prosecutors are seeking to use Marilyn Mosby’s written responses Brew, who confirmed the existence of her private travel business as the centerpiece of next week’s trial of the Baltimore state’s attorney on perjury and perjury charges.

Mosby’s statement in July 2020 re drinking – assertion that Mahogany Elite Enterprises had “no customers” and that it “had not received a single cent of revenue” – contradicts its planned defense that the business was experiencing financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing it to legally withdraw funds from her city retirement account to purchase two vacation properties in Florida.

“The defendant argues that she is innocent of the perjury charges in 2022 because she lied in 2020 and 2021,” prosecutors said in a court filing last night, adding that she should not be allowed to invoke the attorney-client privilege. to keep out her previous statements. of the court.”

US Attorney Erek Barron has proposed a “sanitized” version of the July 15, 2020 statement released by Mosby’s office to Brew to comply with Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby’s ruling that the government cannot present any further questions about Mosby at trial.

Those investigations — by Baltimore Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming and Maryland Grievance Commission Counsel Counsel Lydia Lawless — came after this website uncovered Mosby’s previously unreported travel company and her trips sponsored in Africa, Europe and elsewhere that put him out of office for at least. 85 days in 2018 and 2019.

During those investigations, Mosby and her attorneys reiterated that Mahogany Elite Enterprises was “non-operating” and Mosby reported no income on her state and federal tax returns.

The Cumming investigation had been requested by Mosby himself to “verify” this Brew’s the story was “misleading and wrong.”

Prosecutors now want a redacted version of her letter to Cumming to be introduced at trial. It would leave only the following paragraph:

Proposed redacted version of Marilyn Mosby’s request to Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming that she investigate The Brew’s July 16, 2020 article about travel and her travel company. (US Attorney’s Office)

In the redacted portion of the above letter, Mosby wrote:

I am convinced that I have always respected ethical rules and regulations and have been completely transparent about any gifts, travel or other financial activity. I am therefore asking you – an independent authority – to investigate my financial disclosures and travels. I am willing to share with you any and all documentation you request, including bank statements, credit card statements, and the back office financial ledger. The people of Baltimore have endured many corruption scandals and should know what is and is not illegal.

Prosecutors also hope to introduce a letter from one of her attorneys, David Shuster, acknowledging that Mosby changed her state financial release form to include her three-week travel business. after the form was due in June 2020.

“If she’s lying then she used her lawyers to perpetuate a crime and a fraud” – US Attorney Erek Barron.

Barron’s wrote that the introduction of these and several other documents at trial “are vital to the government’s case and, given the defense asserted, have tremendous probative value.”

“These statements were either made by the defendant herself. . . or were made by authorized agents of the defendant and therefore qualify as a hearsay exception under Federal Rule of Evidence 801,” he argued.

They include a letter to Cumming from Erin Murphy, chief counsel for the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office, and a letter to Lawless from Greenbelt attorney William C. Brennan Jr.

Barron argues that “the defendant should not be allowed to argue that her prior false statements are covered by the privilege because if she is correct—and she is lying then—she used her lawyers to perpetuate a crime and a fraud. “

Mosby’s defense attorneys have not yet responded to the government’s motion.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for tomorrow before Judge Griggsby and jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday.

July 16, 2020 Baltimore Brew story first revealing Mosby's extensive travel and private travel companies.

The July 16, 2020 story that first revealed Mosby’s extensive travels and private travel company.

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