BY BLAKE NEFF
A video has recently surfaced of Marilyn Mosby, the district attorney responsible for charging six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, making an appearance on the popular arbitration court series “Judge Judy” more than a decade ago.
The video dates back to the early 2000s, in the show’s fifth season, when Mosby was in college and still going by her maiden name, Marilyn James. Mosby was on the program with a rather bizarre case: She was suing business owner Ryan Johnson for damages to the apartment she lived in while at college.
During an off term where she returned home, Johnson, who coveted the large apartment for his own use, broke into it and began using it as a living space for himself, his wife and his children. When Mosby returned to school, Johnson attempted to pass off the damage as the work of a burglar, despite odd features such as baby shower decorations being put up.
Whatever the merits of her current prosecution of six Baltimore police officers, Mosby acquits herself well in the video, presenting her case clearly while Judge Judy absolutely savages Johnson.
“You think a burglar would make a baby shower?” she asked Johnson. “You don’t know nothing! You broke into the apartment!”
Judy awarded Mosby $1,700 from Johnson, and said if Mosby had sought punitive damages she’d have won those as well.
Mosby praises Judy for giving her the justice she says was denied her by regular law enforcement.
“I feel like finally there’s some justice served,” Mosby said at the end of the episode. “I tried to speak to the DA, I spoke to police officers, and finally, Judge Judy, she finally gave me justice.”