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Mosby granted court funding for experts in federal perjury case

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby qualifies for extra funding to help pay for experts in her criminal case.

Mosby will be required to make periodic reimbursement payments to the court for the cost of expert services, according to Tuesday’s order. She faces two counts each of perjury and making false statements on loan applications in federal court.

“The Court has determined that the expert services requested by the Defendant in this case are necessary, and that the Defendant is financially unable to obtain these services at this time to adequately prepare for trial,” U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby wrote.

“The Court has also determined that the Defendant has sufficient financial resources at this time to contribute towards the funds authorized by the Court to provide the aforementioned services.”

The order offers no details of how much funding Mosby has requested or what experts she plans to pay. The filing explains that the defense made an ex parte request for funds under the Criminal Justice Act, which was intended to provide all defendants, regardless of their financial resources, with “any element of representation necessary to an effective defense.”

Mosby’s salary in 2020 was $247,955, according to the indictment.

The order also offers little information about the reimbursement payments. It requires Mosby to contribute toward the extra funding by making “periodic payments to the Office of the Clerk of Court in an amount to be determined by the court.”

Mosby must inform Griggsby of her ability to make reimbursement payments every 30 days, according to the order.

Mosby’s defense attorney, A. Scott Bolden, did not immediately return a request for comment.