Mosby may face additional defamation lawsuits

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 06:21:20-04

Soon, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby may be named in not one, but two defamation lawsuits stemming from the charges brought in the Freddie Gray case.

The first lawsuit naming Mosby deals with the statements the top prosecutor made during a national press conference she delivered on May 1st, 2015.

"She exceeded her authority by making a lot of the statements that she made," said the attorney who filed the case, Michael Glass.

Glass alleges two counts of defamation and two counts of invasion of privacy against his clients Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter.

Related: Click here to see civil lawsuit

Glass says Mosby's charges read in that televised press conference contained patently false information and she, “spoke in a divisive and inciting manner,” the lawsuit reads.

Mosby had her facts wrong Glass says and exposed his clients to “public scorn, hatred and contempt.”

"Their reputations have for all intents and purposes ruined and it is our position that the statements that Marylin Mosby made were not for purposes of prosecuting crimes that were allegedly committed, but rather for quelling the riots," Glass said in an interview with ABC2.

But Glass' case may not be the only defamation suit Mosby may face.

Jeremy Eldridge represents the “other” Alicia White.

Last year when the state's attorney and sheriff's offices secured a warrant for Sgt. Alicia White, they issued it to the city school employee Alicia White.

The mistake still visible in the original charging documents, Sgt. Alicia White had Eldridge’s client’s address, middle name, height, weight and birthday and not that of the officer.

"When the public was living with this heightened emotion and this concern over what happened to Mr. Gray, that was all taken out on my client and that was because of what Marylin Mosby did."

Eldridge plans to file his suit for defamation and negligence soon. He says it's just more evidence that Mosby rushed to charge the officers in the Freddie Gray matter and leaving other victims in her wake.

"What we are looking at is recklessness. The idea of the dissemination of this information with no investigation really does have consequences, it really did affect people's lives," Elderidge said.

ABC2 reached out to Marylin Mosby's office today for comment.

Even though a civil circuit court judge ruled the gag order in effect for the criminal trials was not sufficient reason to keep the defamation suit sealed, a spokesperson for the top prosecutor said it is the reason why the state's attorney will not comment.

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