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Berkshire DA tweets support for federally indicted Baltimore state's attorney

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington in a 2018 file photo.
Nancy Eve Cohen
Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington recently tweeted her support for a state's attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, who has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

"Seeing the justice system used against @MarilynMosbyEsq is scary for those of us taking on the status quo," Harrington tweeted.

In the same tweet, Harrington said she would be celebrating Mosby, who is Black, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Federal prosecutors say Mosby falsely claimed she needed to make withdrawals from her state retirement because of financial troubles related to COVID-19. She allegedly used the funds to buy two Florida properties. The indictment also charges that Mosby made false statements on her mortgage applications by not disclosing she owed federal taxes.

Attorney Robert Sullivan, a candidate for Berkshire County DA, said a district attorney should focus on the safety of the community and the proper handling of cases.

"If you're spending that much time engaging in politics that aren't really relevant to something in your county that means you're spending less time doing your job," Sullivan said.

Harrington's spokesperson said she wasn't available for an interview, but her campaign did sent a statement.

"As District Attorney, [Harrington] has worked with other reformers from across the nation to share best practices on how to reimagine how our criminal justice system addresses things like addiction, poverty, and incarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement said. "Any time the status quo is challenged, there is bound to be criticism from political opponents, but DA Harrington will continue focusing on her job as District Attorney and let her record speak for itself."

Nancy Eve Cohen is a senior reporter focusing on Berkshire County. Earlier in her career she was NPR’s Midwest editor in Washington, D.C., managing editor of the Northeast Environmental Hub and recorded sound for TV networks on global assignments, including the war in Sarajevo and an interview with Fidel Castro.
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