On January 1, 2024, former Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby found her legal career facing serious jeopardy. The Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission submitted a petition calling for the suspension of Mosby’s law license in the wake of her November 2023 conviction on federal perjury charges.
The 28-page petition provided ample details of how Mosby violated the Attorney’s Rules of Professional Conduct during her criminal trial. As the state’s bar counsel, Thomas M. DeGonia and Assistant Bar Counsel Leonard H. Addison IV argued that Mosby’s conviction of a “serious crime” qualified her for legal discipline from the Maryland high court according to the state’s rules. The petition stated that Mosby’s actions reflected negatively on her honesty, trustworthiness, and fitness as an attorney.
Specifically, the jury had found Mosby guilty of making false statements in withdrawing money from her retirement account on two separate occasions in 2020. Mosby claimed her travel company, Mahogany Elite, experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but prosecutors demonstrated she made more money that year than in 2019. She used the withdrawn funds to purchase two vacation homes in Florida.
The petition contends Mosby’s actions violated rules against dishonest conduct, fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation. Her conviction provided evidential support for these ethical violations. Legal experts noted the suspension process would likely cause Mosby permanent loss of license if pursued.
Meanwhile, Mosby still faces an ongoing federal trial in January related to allegedly false information on mortgage applications for the two Florida properties. Prosecutors assert she failed to disclose a $45,000 federal tax lien and misrepresented the homes as primary residences. Jury selection is set for January 16, with the trial beginning on January 18. Mosby will not receive sentencing until the conclusion of the second trial.
In response to the bar counseling petitioning for suspension, Mosby has 15 days to submit an appeal in writing. If no appeal is entered, her law license will be suspended. The action comes days after Mosby commemorated 17 years of bar admission. Representative Adam Ruther observed suspension proceedings against Mosby were inevitable given her conviction.
Source: Atlanta Black Star