Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby Says He’s Unable To Find Lawyer, Forcing Ethics Case To Be Delayed – Baltimore Sun

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After Baltimore City Council Speaker Nick Mosby failed to get an attorney, a judge delayed a hearing into an ethics dispute that found Mosby violated the city’s ethics ordinance raising money for a legal defense fund.

Mosby is challenging the decision of the Baltimore Ethics Board, which asked him to stop fundraising for a legal defense fund in his name and hand over a list of donors. The ruling, released in May, found that Mosby violated the city’s ethics ordinance by solicit indirectly for the fund which received donations from at least two entrepreneurs in the city.

Mosby initially said he would comply with the order, but in June took the case to courtfiling a two-page motion challenging the council’s findings without the assistance of a lawyer.

Days before a hearing scheduled for Monday, Mosby filed an “emergency” motion asking for a postponement because he was “unable” to get an attorney.

In a virtual hearing on Monday, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill granted Mosby’s request for a postponement, extending the hearing date until Jan. 10. Although Mosby has “no good excuse” for not filing his postponement request sooner, Fletcher-Hill said. the case is “important” and Mosby should be given an attorney to argue in court.

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Mosby has already missed the deadline to submit a written argument in the case, but Fletcher-Hill said he would accept a request from an attorney, if Mosby is able to retain one, to submit a memorandum of service. He declined to set a deadline for such a request.

Mosby, a Democrat who has served as chairman of the board since December 2020, said he was unable to find a lawyer due to the unique nature of the ethics case. The local lawyers he consulted had conflicts of interest, he said.

“I thought I was very close, but unfortunately the conflict of interest reoccurred,” Mosby said when asked if he was close to getting a lawyer. “I think I’m going to have to get out of this area.”

The dispute arose out of a fund created for legal defense of the Chairman of the Board and his wife, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, as they faced a federal criminal investigation last year over their financial dealings. Although Nick Mosby wasn’t charged with anything, Marilyn Mosby was accused this year of perjury and misrepresentation related to the purchase of two houses in Florida. His trial, which has been postponed several times, is scheduled for March.

In its order, the ethics board asked the chairman of the board not to accept any payment from the fund and to ask the fund to stop raising funds on its behalf. Nick Mosby was also ordered to request that a list of all donors and donations to the fund be provided to the ethics committee. The deadline for complying with the order was in June.

According to the Ethics Board, Mosby’s legal defense fund received $5,000, its largest individual contribution, in August 2021 from the “resident agent” of a contractor who is a minority- or minority-owned business. a woman certified by the city. The company was a contractor under a deal the city’s spending council was considering in 2020, the council reported.

He also received a $100 donation from the executive director of a nonprofit organization that received a multi-thousand-dollar grant from the city in March.

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