Petition Urging President Biden To Pardon Former Attorney Marilyn Mosby In Fraud Case Gains Ground

Marilyn Mosby

A petition circulating online has gathered momentum, urging President Joe Biden to grant a full pardon to former Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Facing a potential 40-year sentence on fraud charges, Mosby’s case has sparked a wave of support from various quarters, including notable figures like E. Faye Williams of the National Congress of Black Women.

The petition, which has amassed over 2,700 signatures, aims to garner 3,000 endorsements. Advocates contend that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is disproportionately targeting Mosby, a progressive prosecutor known for her advocacy in communities of color.

Critics argue that the DOJ’s pursuit of Mosby is diverting attention from pressing issues such as the Tulsa Race Massacre, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) challenges, and hate crimes.

Mosby, 44, was convicted by a federal jury in February on charges related to a false mortgage application for a condominium purchase in Long Boat Key, Florida.

While acquitted on a similar charge regarding a home purchase in Kissimmee, Florida, prosecutors allege that Mosby misrepresented information to secure a lower interest rate.

Supporters highlight Mosby’s record as a pioneering prosecutor, underscoring her initiatives in alternative sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders and youth prevention programs.

However, critics point to a perjury conviction against Mosby for withdrawing funds from her retirement account during the pandemic.

Mosby’s supporters argue that similar actions by other Baltimore City employees went unpunished. Additionally, they contend that the charges against Mosby are disproportionate, especially compared to cases involving larger sums.

The petition also questions the involvement of federal prosecutor Leo Wise, known for targeting Black elected officials.

Petitioners suggest a possible link between Mosby’s clash with former President Trump over federal agent deployments to Baltimore and the subsequent federal investigation.

Invoking Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which grants the president the power to pardon, advocates urge President Biden to address perceived injustices, particularly those stemming from the previous administration’s DOJ.

As of now, there has been no response from the White House on the matter.