Baltimore’s indicted State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was honored today by her husband, City Council President Nick Mosby, and nine other members of the Council.
They approved a resolution “recognizing the Honorable Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, for her eight years of distinguished service to the City of Baltimore.”
The felony charges pending against Mosby, who lost her bid for a third term in the July primary, were never directly mentioned.
Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton alluded to the charges by saying, “You hold you head up high and you keep moving and doing good things for your city and throughout our nation.”
Even the lone member of the body voting against the resolution – Councilman Zeke Cohen – never explicitly referenced the federal criminal charges.
Instead, Cohen said it would be wrong to take such a vote on an elected official who is still in office.
“I believe it is inappropriate for us to vote on a resolution in either support or dismissal of her,” the First District representative said.
“It is our job to hold both her and her office accountable as well as partner with her in those instances where we can advance her mission to reduce violent crime,” Cohen declared.
“I believe it is inappropriate for us to vote on a resolution in either support or dismissal of her” – Councilman Zeke Cohen.
Mosby, for his part, rebuked Cohen heatedly for getting wrong the new date for incoming State’s Attorney Ivan Bates to be sworn.
(The ceremony will take place on the morning of January 3 at the War Memorial Building.)
Mosby then went on to defend the resolution – that he introduced on his spouse’s behalf as she looked on from the audience.
“Marilyn is my wife, that is not a secret,” he said. “But I, too, can honor a strong Black woman in the city who stood steadfast to move our city in the right direction.”
Arguing that today’s action was in keeping with Council tradition, Mosby pointed out that two staffers, Avery Aisenstark and Matt Stegman, were honored while still employed by the Council.
“I, too, can honor a strong Black woman in the city who stood steadfast to move our city in the right direction” – Nick Mosby.
The fact that his wife “has maybe two weeks left in office provides no additional concerns as it relates to us properly honoring her,” he asserted.
Mosby and the other lawmakers present in the chamber then proceeded to vote “yes” on Resolution 22-0147:
Voting yes: Nick Mosby, Danielle McCray (2d), Mark Conway (4th), Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer (5th), Sharon Green Middleton (6th), James Torrence (7th), Kristerfer Burnett (8th), John Bullock (9th), Robert Stokes (12th) and Odette Ramos (14th).
Not present for the vote: Eric Costello (11th), Ryan Dorsey (3rd), Antonio Glover (13th) and Phylicia Porter (10th).
“Come up right here”
Marilyn Mosby faces two counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements on mortgage applications.
She has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial on March 27. She recently asked for the trial to be moved to Greenbelt, in Prince George’s County, saying she cannot get a fair trial because of negative publicity in Baltimore.
Today she stepped up to the president’s dais at her husband’s invitation.
“You can come up right here,” he coaxed, directing her to the spot where he presides over the legislative body.
“People don’t understand the sacrifice that it takes to be a public servant in a city where you raise your children” – Marilyn Mosby.
“The past eight years has not been easy, but – I don’t know why I’m so emotional, I usually don’t get emotional,” she began.
“People don’t understand the sacrifice that it takes to be a public servant in a city where you raise your children, a city that you love so much,” Mosby said.
“And the one thing I can say from the bottom of my heart,” she continued, “is that being the state’s attorney for Baltimore City has been the greatest joy of my life.”
The Council also approved a resolution honoring Sheriff John Anderson, who was defeated by Sam Cogen in the July primary.
Anderson, who had angered some Council members by failing to appear for a June budget hearing, held the office for the last 33 years.
Mosby said Anderson was invited to today’s meeting but did not show up.