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May 23, 2024

Former Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby gets a year of home detention in federal sentencing for perjury and fraud

As reported in this AP piece, a "former Baltimore city prosecutor who achieved a national profile for charging police officers in a Black man’s death was spared any prison time in her sentence Thursday for perjury and mortgage fraud. Marilyn Mosby’s sentence includes 12 months of home confinement, 100 hours of community service and three years of supervised release." Here is more: 

Mosby was convicted of lying about her finances to make early withdrawals from retirement funds during the COVID-19 pandemic, and fraudulently claiming that her own $5,000 was a gift from her then-husband as she closed on a Florida condominium.

Mosby, 44, has maintained her innocence. She declined to address U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby before learning her sentence. Her lawyers said they would appeal while they seek a presidential pardon,

It’s a sad day for Mosby and her family, the judge told Mosby. “It’s also a sad day for the city of Baltimore,” said Griggsby, adding that Mosby displayed a “pattern of dishonesty” while serving in a public office. She also noted that her crimes didn’t involve any taxpayer money and said the prospect of separating Mosby from her two young daughters “weighed very heavily” on her decision.

Griggsby questioned Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Delaney when he argued for a 20-month sentence. “Are there victims and who are they?” she asked. “It’s a good question, your honor,” Delaney responded. “I get it. This isn’t an embezzlement case.”

Delaney said it harms the public when a public official lies under oath: “All citizens are victims when their public officials lie,” he said. Delaney also denied claims by Mosby’s supporters that she is a victim of selective prosecution and said she has repeatedly lied about the case and prosecutors’ handling of it. “These lies demonstrate that Marilyn Mosby is unremorseful, that she has no regard for the truth,” Delaney said.

Mosby, 44, gained a national profile when she charged officers in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, which led to riots and protests in the city. After three officers were acquitted, Mosby’s office dropped charges against the other three officers. She ultimately served two terms before she was indicted and lost reelection. The judge told one of Mosby’s attorneys, James Wyda, that Mosby’s lack of contrition “weighs heavily” on her sentencing. “That’s of deep concern to the court,” she said, calling it “a barrier” to their request for no prison time.

Wyda argued that Mosby is “in a category of one,” a unique case. “This is not a public corruption case,” he said. “There was no financial loss to any victim.” Wyda, a federal public defender, said Mosby’s legal team will be appealing her conviction and sentence while also seeking a presidential pardon. “Jail is not a just sentence for Ms. Mosby. Not for her family. Not for the community,” he said.

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May 23, 2024 at 04:37 PM | Permalink


A scandal -- a neon sign to ordinary people that if you're a big shot in politics in a one-Party town like Baltimore, you can lie and cheat your tail off and little to nothing is going to happen.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 23, 2024 5:00:38 PM


Yet another reason to lose faith in our institutions.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | May 23, 2024 7:49:29 PM

Bill - I hardly think Ms. Mosby’s sentencing will cause more people to act dishonestly - she has already been humiliated enough. Brett Miler

Posted by: Brett Miler | May 24, 2024 6:57:17 AM

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Posted by: federalist | May 24, 2024 9:28:42 AM

Brett, not that I think it was ok for the prosecutors to use her public campaign against her, but there is no shame in her game. She hasn't been humiliated enough, and this sentencing reeks of preferential treatment.

Posted by: federalist | May 24, 2024 9:48:32 AM

Bill Otis writes in part, "...you can lie and cheat your tail off and little to nothing is going to happen." Same can be said of our former president Donald Trump.

Posted by: anon | May 24, 2024 10:29:38 AM


Or our current President.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | May 24, 2024 10:38:54 AM

anon --

"Bill Otis writes in part, '...you can lie and cheat your tail off and little to nothing is going to happen.' Same can be said of our former president Donald Trump."

Especially if you consider four indictments and 91 felony counts to be little or nothing.

P.S. Still, I appreciate your not contesting a word I said about how Ms. Mosby's "sentence" is a disgrace.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 24, 2024 10:41:24 AM

A year of home confinement is "little to nothing is going to happen"? This is the consequence of insanely long prison sentences in this country for victimless crimes shifting the Overton window to skew any rational thinking. Being denied liberty for a full year even if staying at home is quite a harsh punishment indeed, and doubly so if you have to keep an ankle monitor tethered to your body for a whole year, which is very intrusive on personal autonomy. The fact that you can come up with other sentences that are orders of magnitude worse doesn't make this sentence "light" in any way at all.

Posted by: Respondent | May 24, 2024 11:07:32 AM


Of course mortgage fraud has victims. Are you insane?

Let me see…She can eat food she likes, see friends and family when she likes, watch her favorite shows, engage in her personal hobbies, have sex, live in a quiet environment with normal privacy, etc.

It’s light.

That’s not even taking into account that as a public law enforcement officer, the standard for her conduct should be higher than for a citizen.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | May 24, 2024 5:34:40 PM

TQ :

Home detention can in fact be harsh and unjust. Some of the January 6 patriots are undergoing this form of peine forte et dure right now.


As far as Mosby goes, I was ready for her to get the firing squad the first time I heard of her LOL

Seriously shes just making police officers hard jobs damn near impossible.

Free the Jan 6 heroes! Stop the steal MAGA

Posted by: MAGA 2024 | May 25, 2024 1:10:03 AM

Tarls, she's [D]ifferent.

Posted by: federalist | May 27, 2024 11:07:23 AM


Would you support a year of home confinement for someone caught going 45 mph where the speed limit is 30? I don't condone either, but both that and mortgage fraud are victimless crimes ex ante, and only actually victimize if something goes wrong.

Posted by: Respondent | May 27, 2024 2:48:44 PM

Respondent --

Drunk driving, say doing 80 mph at night in a residential neighborhood, are likewise "victimless crimes ex ante, and only actually victimize if something goes wrong," so do you believe imprisonment is not warranted for it?

Hint: The reason we criminalize drunk driving and reckless driving and "merely" attempted murder is that enough can and will "go wrong" that society is justified in strangling the possibility before it becomes a reality.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 27, 2024 6:53:04 PM

I really hope no one gets a year of home confinement for doing 80 in a residential neighborhood. Imprisonment is also not justified for a first offense. Attempted murder is of course a red herring because there is an attempt and intent to do harm, which of course is not analogous to mortgage fraud at all.

Posted by: Respondent | May 27, 2024 7:24:49 PM

Respondent --

"Attempted murder is of course a red herring because there is an attempt and intent to do harm, which of course is not analogous to mortgage fraud at all."

Wrongo. Both entail no actual harm being done to any particular individual, and the lack of such harm is the central component of your argument.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 27, 2024 9:04:59 PM


Mortgage fraud is only victimless if you only count physical harm. The mortgage company is the direct victim. Indirectly, the insurance company and other mortgage holders via higher rates due to the fraud.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | May 28, 2024 7:30:36 PM

It's only sometimes harmful and only sometimes creates victims. You have to look at the facts of each case.

This one, for instance, was obviously a no harm, no foul situation, but of course politicized rat judges and attorneys general got it all bass ackwards.


I think we can be way more confident that Marilyn Mosby was up to shady dealings.


Posted by: MAGA 2024 | May 29, 2024 12:34:52 AM

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