The prime Baltimore prosecutor indicted this week on federal perjury charges modeled herself on Vice President Kamala Harris, who in flip supported her protégé, saying she “cannot fail.”
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, 41, beforehand known as Harris her “inspiration” and “role model” as a progressive prosecutor, proudly posting a photo of them smiling collectively on her Instagram.
“There would be no Marilyn Mosby without Kamala Harris,” the scandal-scarred prosecutor told The Baltimore Sun in November 2020 after her idol’s historic posting as VP-elect.
“She’s a bold, brilliant, beautiful black woman,” Mosby gushed, saying Harris “inspired” her to run as her metropolis’s prime prosecutor, a place that’s up for re-election later this yr.
Mosby mentioned she used Harris’ personal work as a California lawyer common as a mannequin for her progressive reforms, which already made her a divisive determine forward of her federal grand jury indictment Thursday on charges of perjury and making false mortgage purposes.
The respect was not one-sided, and Harris had campaigned in help of the rising Democrat determine, serving to Mosby preserve her $248,000-a-year job, according to Fox News.
“When we march and we shout about what we need to do to reform the criminal justice system, we better understand that we gotta march and shout with our paychecks,” the then-Sen. Harris reportedly mentioned throughout a fundraiser in Los Angeles in 2017..
“And all of the work that we can do to actually make sure that somebody like Marilyn Mosby gets reelected into that office, to not only get convictions, but have convictions,” Harris mentioned on the time, in line with the Fox report.
Even then, Harris conceded that there have been “a lot of people who are highly critical” of her protégé.
“She cannot fail and I know she will not fail,” Harris mentioned, in line with Fox.
Mosby, who’s married to Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, landed the highest job in 2015 and was re-elected in 2018. She has till subsequent month to file paperwork to hunt her third time period in elections later this yr.
The four-count indictment Thursday accuses her of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related monetary hardship from COVID-19 to be able to request early withdrawals totaling $90,000 from her metropolis worker retirement account to as a substitute purchase properties in Florida.
The two perjury counts every carry a most sentence of 5 years in jail and the 2 mortgage-related counts every carry a most of 30 years in jail.
“We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges,” her lawyer, A. Scott Bolden, mentioned.
He insisted the charges have been “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”
The White House didn’t reply to requests for remark, Fox News mentioned.