City Council Speaker Nick Mosby has appealed the Baltimore Ethics Board’s finding that he violated ethics rules through the fundraising activities of a legal defense fund.
Last month, the board told Mosby to stop fundraising through the Mosby 2021 Trust (also known as the Mosby 2021 Defense Fund) and return funds accepted by the fund to “donors controlled” or people doing business with the city.
The website – set up to help Mosby and his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, with their legal costs – was taken down after the ethics committee reported its findings to the Baltimore City Council and to Mayor Brandon Scott “for appropriate action” under city code. .
The fund was created after the power couple faced a federal criminal investigation into their financial dealings last year. In January, Marilyn Mosby was charged with perjury and misrepresentation on a loan application related to the purchase of two vacation homes in Florida.
The ethics committee gave Mosby 30 days to comply with the order or face a $1,000-a-day fine.
Mosby Told WBAL-TV he would comply with the council’s requests.
But on Friday, Mosby filed a motion for judicial review of the order in Baltimore City Circuit Court, filing the motion for himselfthat is, to act as one’s own advocate.
Mosby did not respond to a request for comment on the motion.
He had previously issued a statement denying any violation of the city’s code of ethics (his wife, considered a state employee, is not covered by the code).
“Knowing that no money was ever paid to me or my lawyers from the legal defense fund, the council incorrectly concluded that I had received a benefit from the trust which managed the donations” , did he declare.
The ethics committee said Mosby was made aware last August of complaints about his use of the trust fund. He described two donations associated with entities doing business with the city, one a business ($5,000) and the other ($100) a nonprofit, as problematic.
Told in January that the board had found “prima facie breaches of ethics law,” he was given the opportunity to remedy those breaches.
“The respondent rejected such a possibility of a cure,” the report said.
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