A judge has set a May trial date for Baltimore’s criminally indicted State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby after her lawyers and federal prosecutors met for a scheduling conference today.
U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby scheduled the jury trial to start on May 2 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 5C of the Edward A. Garmatz Building, the federal courthouse at 101 West Lombard Street.
Also scheduled are pre-trial hearings (on April 14 and April 27) in which Griggsby will consider motions by Mosby’s lawyers to dismiss the case and to disqualify counsel.
In court filings over the weekend, Mosby asked the judge to throw out the case, arguing that the prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office who brought the case against her are driven by personal, political and racial animus.
Mosby was indicted in January on charges of perjury and making false statements on loan applications she signed in order to buy two vacation properties in Florida.
If convicted, Mosby faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each of two counts of perjury and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison for each of two counts of making false mortgage applications.
On Friday, prosecutors said in court documents that they expect the trial to take four days.
Mosby’s lawyers have pressed for a speedy trial, pointing to the upcoming June 28 Democratic Party primary.
The 42-year-old Mosby, a two-term incumbent, has not filed with the Board of Elections to enter the race, though she had been raising campaign cash.
Earlier this month, the Maryland Court of Appeals pushed the date to file this year back a month after petitions were filed challenging the state’s new legislative districts.
Now candidates have until March 22 to file.
Yesterday, two Baltimore attorneys – Ivan Bates and Roya Hanna – officially entered their names as Democrats in the state’s attorney race.