A Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police lodge (FOP) is calling on State Attorney Marilyn Mosby to step aside due to multiple conflicts of interests the organization identified.
Mosby’s office has charged the six Baltimore Police officers who were involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray on April 12 with multiple criminal counts. Of those, one officer faces a second degree murder, and three others manslaughter, with all facing lesser offenses.
The president of the Baltimore FOP lodge, Gene Ryan, sent a letter to Mosby Friday requesting that she appoint a special prosecutor to take over in light of her conflicts of interest.
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Ryan spelled out his concerns about Mosby’s close relationship with the Gray’s family attorney, as well as the direct impact her actions may have on her husband’s (Nick Mosby) political future; Mr. Mosby serves as a Baltimore City Councilman in one of the neighborhoods affected by the riots.
I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case…
These conflicts include your personal and professional relations with Gray family attorney, William Murphy…
Most importantly, it’s clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or for worse, by the outcome of your investigation….
In order that avoid the appearance of impropriety and avoid a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibility [sic], I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.
William Murphy, the Gray family attorney, has been described as a “mentor” to Mosby, and he contributed $5000 to her campaign last year, according to the Baltimore Sun. He was among those appearing on stage with her at the campaign’s victory party. Murphy also served on Mosby’s transition team.
In a statement to the Baltimore Sun, Mosby spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie addressed the conflict of interest concerns:
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been elected by the residents in Baltimore City to uphold the law in every neighborhood including her own, regardless of if her husband is the councilman within the district where numerous crimes occur….Hundreds of people donated to her campaign. There is no conflict of interest surrounding Billy Murphy. He is representing the family in a civil case which has nothing to do with the criminal case.”