State Roundup: Judge in Mosby case declines to dismiss

State Roundup: Judge in Mosby case declines to dismiss

Marilyn Mosby. Photo from her official Website page

JUDGE WON’T DISMISS MOSBY CASE: A federal judge on Thursday rejected Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s request to dismiss the charges against her, finding her attorneys failed to present any objective evidence the case against her is prejudiced. Alex Mann and Lee Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun

  • The judge found that the defense had shown no objective evidence the charges were brought out of personal animus. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record
  • Mosby, who just announced her candidacy for reelection, filed her latest state ethics disclosure Wednesday, reporting no gifts to a legal defense fund established for her and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. Emily Opilo, Alex Mann and Lee Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun 
  • The ruling sets the stage for Baltimore’s top prosecutor to go on trial in September, just two months before voters decide whether to re-elect her to a 3rd term. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters
  • In the wake of the decision, Mosby responded strongly and said she is “going to fight” and will prevail. WBALTV

PURPLE LINE GETS MORE FUNDING, WILL MOVE FORWARD: The group designing and building the Purple Line announced it has secured funding to complete construction of the light rail line in suburban Maryland with a new contractor. Construction is expected to ramp up this spring and summer. Jack Moore/WTOP

  • The deal, which went into effect Thursday, adds $1.46 billion to the Purple Line’s construction costs, bringing the total to $3.4 billion. That’s almost 75 percent more than the $1.97 billion the state initially budgeted. Katherine Shaver and Luz Lazo/Washington Post

A GALLERY OF SENATE PHOTOS FROM SINE DIE: Capital News Service photographer Joe Ryan produced a gallery of photos from the final hours of the state Senate session Monday night.

CRITICS SAY BALL VIOLATED HOWARD COUNTY ETHICS LAW: Howard County Executive Calvin Ball paid four county employees more than $101,000 to do consulting work for his re-election campaign with more than 50% of that money going to his sister-in-law in a position that some say violated the county law. Jamila Ratliff was until recently responsible for handling Public Information Act requests related to the county executive’s office. She is now the chair of Ball’s re-election campaign. Bryan Renbaum/Maryland Reporter.

BILL COULD CHANGE SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTMENTS IN HARFORD: A bill has passed the Maryland General Assembly that would alter the way members are appointed to the Harford County Board of Education, giving power to the county executive and council instead of the governor for the three appointed members.  Jason Fontelieu/The Aegis

CARROLL TO DEVELOP POLITICAL SYMBOLS POLICY: Reacting to some parental concern about rainbow pride flags that some teachers have been displaying inside the classroom, The Carroll County school board voted Wednesday to develop a new policy on the use of political symbols, specifically flags, inside public school buildings. Cameron Goodnight/Carroll County Times

MONTGOMERY EXECUTIVE CANDIDATES DEBATE AT FORUM: Democratic candidates for Montgomery County executive sparred on Thursday morning about affordable housing, the I-270 widening project, climate initiatives and other topics during a virtual forum. Steve Bohnel/Bethesda Beat

WES MOORE ASKS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ‘SMEAR CAMPAIGN:’ Gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore did not answer questions about discrepancies in his origin story, even though he has requested an investigation into a dossier circulating on the topic. Mikenzie Frost/WBFF

CNN EXAMINES WES MOORE’S STORY: While Wes Moore’s book “lays out the basic details of his life factually, a less accurate version of his Baltimore roots has taken on a life of its own, fueled by more than a decade of assertions by other people in TV interviews that he is a Baltimore native, born and raised in the city. At times, Moore has fed that impression himself.” So writes Edward-Isaac Dovere in a CNN story headlined: “A rising Democratic star told his origin story. But did he allow a narrative to take hold that didn’t match the facts?”

TRONE VISITS WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: While they haven’t been directly impacted as heavily by nationwide shortages of health care professionals, staff from the Tri-State Community Health Center told Rep. David Trone on Wednesday that they’ve felt the COVID-19 crunch in other ways. Lindsay Renner-Wood/Cumberland Times-News

CHECK WILL HELP SUITLAND NEIGHBORHOOD: Sen. Chris Van Hollen visited one of the newly built developments in Suitland, Maryland, on Thursday to present a huge check for $2.5 million to refurbish Suitland Road, adding bike lanes and sidewalks. William Ford/Washington Informer

AFFORDABLE HOUSING REPORT: A new report shows some boost to the D.C. region’s affordable housing supply, though not much specifically for the lowest-income households. Dan Brendel/Washington Business Journal

About The Author

Meg Tully

Contributing Editor Meg Tully has been covering Maryland politics for more than five years. She has worked for The Frederick News-Post, where she reported during the General Assembly session in Annapolis. She has also worked for The (Hanover) Evening Sun and interned at Baltimore Magazine. Meg has won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her state and county writing, and a Keystone Press Award for feature writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have additional questions or comments contact Meg at:

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