Bromwells lose another court appeal on access to their assets

April 10, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun Reporter

Former state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell and his wife lost a second round yesterday in their appeal of a court decision that allowed federal prosecutors to shut down access to the couple's bank accounts and real estate holdings before their trial on public corruption charges.

In the order, none of the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., requested to review the case again, leading the court to pass on a more comprehensive review of the pre-trial asset forfeiture.

Last month, a three-judge panel of the court issued an initial decision that denied the Bromwells' request and upheld the ruling of U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz in Baltimore.

In an indictment unsealed in October 2005, federal prosecutors accused Bromwell, a Baltimore County Democrat, of accepting bribes from a construction company executive in exchange for help in securing publicly funded contracts. His wife, Mary Patricia Bromwell, is accused of accepting a salary for a no-show job at a subcontractor controlled by the construction company in return for her husband's influence.

The couple's racketeering conspiracy trial is scheduled to begin in September.

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