May 6, 2015 2:05 pm ET
Can we trust the City State’s Attorney, who is just another politician?
Source: Trust Issues
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby
Photo Credit Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun
Otis Redding shared these words many years ago in his classic tune, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” “If she’s bad, he can’t see it. She can do no wrong.”
He sang the words very soulfully, and now many of us find ourselves begging the same question regarding Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
An old saying reminds us that if you’re going to talk the talk then you need to walk the walk. Safe to say, Mrs. Mosby is weaving the double line, as they say in traffic court.
Why in the wide world of sports would I say that about a public official whose face has graced every front page of every paper in the country? Because, if you look up close, it’s the same old, same old game of politics.
As they say, it’s as plain as the look on her face, but the eyes tell the real story. Look where you want to, and if you have to, turn a blind eye when that’s required.
A little harsh? Maybe, but sometime harsh words are needed to get a point across, folks.
It all began with a knock on my door and some information on a burglary at an apartment on the Sea Horse Inn property in Dundalk. It seems some interested parties, including a deputy sheriff, did not want to wait for the law to run its course, so those people decided that they could skirt the law simply because they knew the right people in high places.
This was all about an eviction, or so it seemed.
You know how this story went, right? The victim hurried home (good thinking) after someone (suspiciously) called her to see if she was working and found the offenders—a deputy sheriff and a politically connected developer—ransacking her home and throwing her furniture out to the street. The victim called the police, who arrived and caught the offenders in the act. They were charged with misdemeanors rather than felonies.
Then, because the case potentially involved the Baltimore County Sheriff, Jay Fischer, the Baltimore County State’s Attorney, Scott Shellenberger, sent the case to Ms. Mosby’s office to avoid a conflict of interest. My sources told me that this is a rarity since, in situations like this, many of these cases wind up in Harford County. So why did the case end up in Ms. Mosby’s hands?
I’ll tell you what I believe, and you can judge from there.
You see, there is a relationship between Mr. Fisher and Baltimore City because the Sheriff was the commander of a highly successful task force in the city.
Are you beginning to see the dots connect?
I kept in close touch with the victim and was told she felt the City State’s Attorneys were deliberately trying to sabotage her case. When I suggested the victim take a tape recorder to a meeting to protect her rights, the City Attorney’s responded with a resounding NO.
I thought that was rather strange, since a lot of suspect interviews and witness statements are recorded. It almost sounded like a—oh, what’s the term I’m thinking of?—oh yes, cover up.
Since I was writing about the matter, I sent Mrs. Mosby’s office an email asking some tough questions. Needless to say, as always, I received no response. I wasn’t trying to cause any issue; I simply wanted to let them know that someone was watching this case.
After all of that, the trial was held. I left the Government Center hearings early to attend the court case in Towson. Right behind me was The Sun’s Pam Wood, who was also headed to Towson.
Out in the hallway of the courtroom was the Sheriff, the deputy that was charged, and a few others. They brought in a judge from Harford County to hear the case, which basically followed the City’s plan—pay the victim $2,000 and place the case on the Stet (inactive) docket.
Simply put, that is the “death penalty” for a case before the court. In a year’s time, it won’t even be a blip on the radar screen.
While the other two defendant’s pleaded for a jury trial (Lord knows why), the Sheriff declared the case against the deputy closed to Ms. Wood of the Sun.
Closed??? How can it be closed???
I would bet that this incident goes much higher, but—with the proverbial broom—the City State’s Attorney just swept the whole issue under the preverbal rug.
Why even bother to go through the motions if you don’t plan on getting to the bottom of the case?
So goes the system in our County. Another day in the life of the politically connected who seem to stay one step ahead of the law.
Flash forward to today, when Mrs. Mosby is about to hang six police officers out to dry with her inflammatory rage. Safe to say, these five men and one woman will become cannon fodder in a city full of rage.
Where was that fervor when an elected official, Mrs. Mosby, was providing injustice to the burglary victim?
As I intimated in the title of this blog, we need to wonder whether Mrs. Mosby can be trusted.
The answer to that question, I guess, depends on where you live and who you are connected to, folks.
Harsh, or true? You decide.