At Stake – The Integrity of the Baltimore City Judicial System

I take strong issue with your editorial, “Mosby’s Memo,” 6-11-15. Apparently the editors of the Baltimore Sun believe that Mrs. Mosby’s behavior as the State’s Attorney of Baltimore City in the Freddie Gray case does not warrant any kind of reprimand or punishment. Could it be that those on the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun are very good apologists for Mrs. Mosby’s performance? Your readers can make that decision.

For now, this is what I have done. Last week, I filed a formal complaint with the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland relating to Mrs. Mosby’s actions in the indictment of the six police officers for crimes allegedly committed against Freddie Gray. I also had a conversation with Mr. Glen Grossman, the Bar Counselor for the Attorney Grievance Commission and cited to him, in both verbal and written form, the specific deeds of Mrs. Mosby which call for punishment, reprimand, or sanction for the manner, thus far, in which she has prosecuted these six police officers.
Mr. Grossman assured me my complaints are being taken seriously.

What will be the outcome of my grievance? I do not know. But…here’s what I do know. Mrs. Mosby may get away with her irresponsible manner in the way she has conducted this prosecutorial persecution of these six officers and the Baltimore Sun might excuse her behavior, but there’s no way that the judicial system of Baltimore City can maintain its integrity if she is not reprimanded or sanctioned.

Dan Rodricks (Mosby a politician who covets limelight, 6-11-15) pointed out the standards set by Judge Robert Sweeney, the first chief judge of he Maryland District Court. He asserted that the appearance of propriety and integrity was utmost; it’s what gave the public confidence in the rule of law.
It seems to me that any air minded persons would admit that Mrs. Mosby has certainly given the appearance of inappropriate behavior.
So… how can any fair minded person refute the point that the way to preserve the integrity of the Baltimore City judicial system is for the Attorney Grievance Commission to invoke some kind of punishment against Mrs. Mosby?

Ralph Jaffe, Teacher
Baltimore

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The Office of Bar Counsel Responds

Here’s the response I received from the Office of Bar Counsel regarding Marilyn Mosby.

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION
OF MARYLAND
OFFICE OF BAR COUNSEL
200 HARRY S. TRUMAN PARKWAY
SUITE 300
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 21401
410-514-7051

June 16, 2015

PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL

Ralph Jaffe
7618 Carla Road
Baltimore, MD 21208

Re: File No. 2015-1126
Respondent: Marilyn J. Mosby, Esquire

Dear Mr. Jaffe:

This letter follows your conversation with Glenn M. Grossman, Bar Counsel.

We are in receipt of your complaint regarding Marilyn J. Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. I note that the issues you raise in your complaint are currently being litigated in the underlying criminal proceedings in Baltimore City.

Mr. Grossman shared with me your observations and conclusions concerning Ms. Mosby’s conduct. We take the allegations against Ms. Mosby seriously and we acknowledge your belief in the inappropriateness of her conduct and statements. The question for our office is whether Ms. Mosby’s conduct violates the Maryland Lawyers Rules of Professional Conduct and whether such violation can be proved by the appropriate standard of proof. Right now, the subjects of Ms. Mosby’s conduct and her continued participation in the prosecution is before the Circuit Court and is the substance of defense arguments, many of which have been set forth in the media. Consistent with the general policy of this office to abjure involvement in on-going litigation, we are deferring any action on this matter until the conclusion of Ms. Mosby’s involvement in the cases.

We will be in further contact when there is something substantive to relate. Until then, unless you have first-hand knowledge of Ms. Mosby’s conduct you think relevant, it will not be necessary for you to contact us.

As Mr. Grossman indicated to you, we are constrained by the Maryland Rules to maintain the confidentiality of your complaint. Thank you for your anticipated patience and cooperation.

Very truly yours,
Lydia E. Lawless
Assistant Bar Counsel

More on Marilyn Mosby in Question

I subsequently sent Mr. Grossman, the Bar Counselor for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland, another letter in which I provided information to substantiate my concerns about the behavior of Marilyn Mosby in the indictment of the 6 police officers in the Freddie Gray.  The letter appears below.

June 10, 2015

Glen Grossman, Bar Counselor
Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Suite 300
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Dear Mr. Grossman,

I am writing to give you additional information which validates the merits of my complaint against Marilyn Mosby (May 21st letter).

I call your attention to the email which was sent by the office of Marilyn Mosby to the police. As has been reported in the news media, “State’s Attorney Mosby asked me to look into community concerns regarding drug dealing in the area of North Avenue and Mount St, ” Joshua Rosenblatt, Division Chief of Mosby’s Crime Strategies Unit, wrote in a March 17 email to a Western district police commander.

In effect, Mrs. Mosby asked police to target the intersection with “enhanced” drug enforcement efforts. The officers were being asked to make arrests, conduct surveillance, and stop crime. The officers were asked to start a daily narcotics initiative” and daily “measurables” would be collected with regard to their progress. In light of the fact that she knew the area was a high crime one, weren’t the officers within their rights for detaining Freddie Gray?

Since the disclosure of these new details, it appears that Marilyn Mosby has become a witness for the defense as well as the prosecutor for this case – one and the same person.

What is more, there is the conflict of interest regarding her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby. In the City Council, he represents the same area in which Freddie Gray resided. It would be in the best interests of Mrs. Mosby to demonstrate that her husband is fighting crime and police brutality in order that he can get re-elected by his constituents.

Clearly this additional information verifies the fact that the Attorney Grievance commission of Maryland should punish Mrs. Mosby by either sanctions, reprimand, or disbarment in order to protect the integrity of the Baltimore City judicial system.

Sincerely,

Ralph Jaffe

Marilyn Mosby in Question

I believe the behavior of Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City has been inappropriate and unethical with regard to the indictment of the six police officers in the Freddie Gray case.  In my opinion, her behavior warrants sanctions or reprimand by the Attorney Grievance Commission for the State of Maryland.  Therefore, I contacted Mr. Grossman, the Bar Counselor for the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland.  My letter  appears below.

May 21, 2015

Glen Grossman, Bar Counselor
Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Suite 300
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Dear Mr. Grossman,
I have been a political science teacher since 1964. If you will look at my website, fedupwithcrookedpolitics.com, you should recognize the fact that I know how a public servant is supposed to behave.

The current State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby, has clearly violated the public’s sacred trust. I shall refer to several examples which substantiate my assertion.

Please read in its entirety Ms. Mosby’s public announcement of the indictment of the six police officers. Note her words to the effect, “no justice, no peace….” and “I hear your voices.” This is pandering to mob rule. Unmistakably, this is political persecution, not constitutional prosecution.

Additionally, look at the time frame between her receipt of the police investigation report and her public announcement of indictment. On Thursday night, she receives the report from the police. On Friday morning, she makes the indictment announcement. Without a doubt, this is a rush to judgment without having all of her facts straight.

To illustrate this point, in her public statement she claimed that the knife Mr. Gray had was in actuality legal. Yet, according to Baltimore City law, the knife was illegal. And now, we learn that in her latest defense of the indictment, she declares the knife is irrelevant.

Furthermore, she stated that the officers did not have the right to arrest Mr. Gray, but in reality they did. Check out the district where Mr. Gray was – a district known as a dangerous crime zone, and thus there was a clear and present danger for his arrest.

Also, the fact that Ms. Mosby made an appearance with Prince on the night of his concert should not be overlooked. That’s a violation of proper judicial judgment.

As you read my account and as you read Ms. Mosby’s indictment along with her defense of it, you should be able to conclude that she has been intellectually dishonest.

Therefore, I am requesting that you firmly sanction the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City because her conduct has been detrimental to the criminal justice system. Such a step on your part would help to restore public confidence in the Baltimore City judicial system.

I await your response.

Sincerely,
Ralph Jaffe

cc: Andy Green, Baltimore Sun
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